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Karachi art and atists news updateLegendary sculptorShahid Sajjad passes away

KARACHI: Shahid Sajjad, a distinguished artist and the country’s premier sculptor, passed away on Monday morning after a long illness. He was 77. He leaves behind his wife and two sons.

Mr Sajjad was born in Muzaffarnagar (UP) in 1936. According to one account, he left school after class VIII to indulge his passion for art. After struggling in some odd jobs at a young age, he joined the world of advertising.

In his own words, he gave up advertising so that he could ride a motorbike and travel around the globe. A bohemian that he was, he flew out to Japan on an adventure during which he saw wood carving and made up his mind then and there to immerse himself in this fascinating art form.

He came back to Karachi, but after some time left for Rangamati, in Chittagong Hill Tracts (Bangladesh) in the 1970s. He lived among the district’s tribal groups for a considerable time. Some suggest it was here that his passion for wood carving gained a fresh impetus.

He used other materials as well and the bronze mural that he made at Nowshera for the Armoured Corps Division Headquarters. It is regarded as an iconic piece of art. It was an ambitious project and took a few years to complete.

Aficionados placed Mr Sajjad in the same league as Shakir Ali and Sadequain. He was an ardent admirer of Gauguin and Rodin. The artist was fond of Urdu poet Ghalib too and often used to quote his couplet:

Hasti ke mat fareb mein aa jayo Asad Alam tamam halqa-i-daam-i-khayal hai ھستی کے مت فریب میں آجایئو اسد عالم تمام حلقہ دام خیال ہے  (Don’t get drawn into the deception of existence The universe is but a ringlet in the web of thought) His funeral prayers will be held at Imam Bargah Yasrab, Defence Society.


Soraya Sikander Portrait, Exhibition at AlHamra, Lahore "In, At and Around"Soraya Sikander's 'In, At and Around' at Al-Hamra Art Gallery Lahore

 Critically acclaimed, international artist Soraya Sikander will be exhibiting a new series of landscape paintings at an exclusive art exhibition on 20th January 2014 at the Alhamra Art Gallery, Arts Council Lahore.

The exhibition is the Lahore chapter of Soraya’s major show 'In, At and Around'.

In, At and Around comprised of cityscapes painted in London and Karachi. The exhibition was an overwhelming success with all the paintings on display selling out at the exhibition opening and the series still receiving coverage up to this date (ADA Dec 2013). Post in, at and around Soraya received several exhibition offers from institutes and galleries in Pakistan, India and U.K.

The new exhibition ‘In, At and Around’ shall be Soraya Sikander’s fourth solo show, and her first exhibition in Punjab. ‘In, At and Around’ shall mainly comprise of landscapes, organic floral patterns and some landscape-into-seascape interpretative paintings inspired by the scenery of Karachi. For this new series, it is mentioned that Soraya Sikander painted in Karachi working on the beach, since March this year, mainly in oils on canvas. An artist statement and images from the new series have yet to be released Read More.

Samreen Asif's Solo Show at Kunj Art Gallery

Kunj art gallery will display Samreen Asif's paintings on 28 November, 2012 till December 28, 2012. Samreen Asif earned her MFA and postgraduate diploma in miniature painting, from Punjab University. The power that the artist has is something that’s been there since the day she was born. Which has everything to do with who she is today.

A contemporary artist, enamored with our past and who we are. Though her work’s about her moods, for which she’s been praised like anything. Left her feeling like she was among the stars. Till something else made her think different, and helped her get to the newness that was now needed.

‘New Art from Pakistan’ Five days of Late Modernist and Contemporary Pakistani Art

28th September to 02nd October 2012, 6:00 pm – Exhibition. Venue: Pakistan High Commission, Knightsbridge SW1X 9JN. Daily timings: 12 pm to 8 pm. Admission free, open to public. Contact Soraya Sikander +44(0)77405304904,

Royal Asiatic Society Lecture series. Speaker: Seemah Niaz

01st. October 2012, 6:05 pm – Lecture. Topic: ‘Mughal and Modernist influences in contemporary Pakistani Art’ Venue: Royal Asiatic Society, Stephenson Way NW1 2HD. Admission free, all welcome. Limited seats.

Syed A. Irfan miniature on sale

Syed A. Irfan miniature on sale:Syed M. Irfan is one of the most prominent miniaturists of Pakistan. His work is on sale Title: Shah Jahan on Takht-e-Taus

Size : 8 x 13 Inches Medium : Watercolor & Gold on Wasli Available for Sale at Ocean Art Gallery Karachi

Replicas of Mughal Jewellery by Ahmed Haroon at Zenaini Art Gallery.

The Zenaini Art Gallery exhibits replicas of Mughal style jewellery by Ahmed Haroon. Ahmed designed this jewellery in silver and sprinkled with a few grams of gold. The exhibits are reincarnations of the era when Nizams of the Mughal Empire ruled over individual principalities in the subcontinent. Ahmed Haroon has been doing this for the past seven or eight years.

Ahmed told that the idea behind the mix of silver, gold and stones was to make the pieces more affordable while fusing the past and the present.

Lubna Agha passes away

Lubna Agha, a leading Pakistani artist, expired in her home in Boston, Massachusetts, on May 6. Lubna was born in 1949 and graduated from the Karachi School of Arts in 1967. Lubna Agha, who skilfully combined the Modern-Abstract style of the West with the motifs of Islamic art and architecture, as also calligraphy, created a niche for herself. She won awards and held several exhibitions, including one-person shows, in Pakistan, the US, the UK, and Japan. Her latest work, deeply inspired by Islamic architecture and its elegant craftsmanship, was exhibited at the Gardiner Art Gallery in Oklahoma in February this year.


Soraya Sikander joins Slade School of Fine Arts in UK

Pakistani artist, Soraya Sikander, who has worked since 2009 and participated in various group and two solo exhibitions will be joining the prestigious Slade School of Fine Art in London. Soraya Sikander is the youngest Pakistani artist to join the Slade.

Since 2011, Soraya has been exploring identity related issues through her work and garnered high-profile attention at her exhibitions particularly New Art from Pakistan which debuted at the PHC, London.

The news of the her enrolment has created a dramatic interest in the artist's newer paintings; and while 2010 saw a sales surge in the artist's work, after her debut exhibition, Soraya did not exhibit in 2011, instead choosing to focus on studio practice. Announcement relating to any upcoming exhibitions have yet to be released.


The Golden Collection at UNICORN

Unicorn Gallery's newest exhibition 'The Golden Collection of landscapes and scenic art' opens this Thursday 19th April 2012 at 6pm. We look forward to seeing you at the exhibition.

This Exhibition of landscapes, scenic art and nature-based paintings by some of the leading names in modern landscape painting in Pakistan: Fauzia Khan, Ghulam Rasul, Ijaz-ul-Hassan, Iqbal Hussain, Jam Depar, Jameel Ahmed, Khalid Iqbal, Laila Shahzada, M Arshad, Mansoor Rahi, Masood A Khan, Mughees Riaz, Nadeem, Naureen Qamar, Naveed Wazir Ali, Raja Changez, Shamsa Hassan, Tassaduq Sohail, Wajid Yaqoot, Zarah David, Zulfiqar Zulfi.

International Women day: Art Exhibition

KARACHI: An exciting and colourful art exhibition, in connection with the International Women’s Day’ was organized here at the Alliance Française under the auspices of New World Concepts and Grandeur Art Gallery on Wednesday.

The innovative exhibition features the artwork of 12 senior women artists that include Riffat Alvi, Nahid Raza, Mehar Afroze, Hajra Mansur, Zahra David, Tabinda Chinoy, Naiza Khan, Durriya Kazi, Shami Ahmed, Shakira Masood, Rabia Zuber, Mona Naqsh as well as six young female artists, including Shaiza Qaiser, Sammer Sultan, Reem Khurshid, Marium Aga, Laiba Baig and Cyra Ali.

Art Book Fair 2012 at UNICORN GALLERY

Unicorn Gallery home to Pakistan's first ART BOOK FAIR will take place this year on Saturday, 18th February and Sunday, 19th February 2012. Founded in 2011 by Seemah Niaz, the Karachi Art Book Fair has grown in size and stature to become a premier art event where several important publications on Pakistani art are highlighted.
Featured Indian publications this year include: Let History cut across without me, Tyeb, Husain ki sari, Amrita Sher-Gil (limited edition), M.F Husain tapestry, Raja Ravi Verma - the painter prince (limited edition), M.F Husain book for children, The progressives and several other international publications.


Ahmed Anver's Painting Exhibition at Citi Art Gallery

 An exhibition of paintings and calligraphy of Ahmed Anver is continued at Citi art gallery Karachi. The show displays Ahmed Anver's calligraphic paintings done in beautifully adorned Kufic script.

The paintings depict Islamic architectural feature domes, minarets, arches etc in green, yellow, white and blue colors. The exhibition will continue till 24 January 2012 at CITI Art Gallery, Karachi.





Unicorn Gallery displays Farazeh Syed's 'Portraits' of women in Punjab

Unicorn Art Gallery Karachi will display the works of Farazeh Syed, an artist from Lahore. Born in Lahore in 1971, Farazeh joined the National Colege of Arts in 1991, and later went on to studying printmaking at The Gandhara Institute, Islamabad, as well as the Parsons School of Design and Art Students League, New York.

Farazeh has worked as an apprentice to artist, Iqbal Hussain. She has held twenty one group exhibitions and two solo exhibitions. Her current exhibition theme is Portraits of women in Punjab. The exhibition debuts on Friday, 13th January 2012.

Exhibition will continue from 13 to 20 January 2012 at UNICORN GALLERY, D-116/1-A, Block 4, Clifton, (Near Chinese Consulate) Karachi, Pakistan.

Exhibition of 49 Artits at IVS, Karachi

49 alumni artists of the Indus Valley School of Arts and Architecture (IVSAA) recently displayed their art work at the IVS Gallery, reflecting their perceived predicament.

The exhibited pieces included architectural drawings, photography, mixed media, screen print, leather bags and ceramics. While some artist decided to pay an ode to the urban designs of old Karachi (‘Labour of Love’), others celebrated the vibrant hues the colour gold can lend to leather (bags) in their installations (‘Gold Love’).

Some at exhibits stood out for being unique and exceptional in their appeal including Alizeh Hasan’s untitled mixed media piece and Sana Ansari’s ‘Karachi Circa 77’. Other art pieces showed the skills their creators enjoy in a style that has become their trade mark (Bilal Maqsood’s untitled painting).

According to the IVS alumni’s statement, the show highlighted the personal revolutions we undertake, as artists and people wanting to be a part of the bigger picture, and this pretty much summarises the exhibition.

'Khujwa Recollected', Autobiographical Essays by Dr. Akbar Naqvi at Unicorn Gallery, Karachi

Unicorn Gallery, Karachi announced to launch the book 'Khujwa Recollected', autobiographical essyas by the prominent scholar, writer and art critique Dr. Akbar Naqvi on Sunday, 9 October at 4:30 pm. The Author will deliver a talk on the book.

In the book Dr. Naqvi recollects the journeys of his ancestors over mopre than a milenium. The book is an adventure into the identity of the author which is rooted in the basic values of his family, and the special study of the enlightenment in al-Hind which arose from Muslim presence in the Sub-continent.

Dr. Akbar Naqvi has a Ph.D. in English Literature from Liverpool University. He has written on Art and Architecture for Pakistani newspapers like The Sun, Dawn, and The Muslim for over twenty years. He is the author of a monograph on Shahid Sajjad, and wrote for the magazine Herald. Akbar Naqvi has taught the history of art at the Indus Valley School of Art and Architecture in Karachi, for several years as well as lectured at the National College of Arts, Lahore.

'Pakistani Art' exhibition in Pakistan High Commission, London

Pakistan High Commissioner to UK Wajid Shamsul Hasan has said that the response of young Pakistani artists to changing world and challenging environment around them proves vitality and versatility of Pakistani nation even in difficult circumstances. Mr Wajid Shamsul Hasan was lauding the efforts of the organizers and participants of Pakistani art exhibition launched at the Pakistan High Commission in London on Saturday. He commended the efforts of Unicorn art gallery Karachi for sponsoring the exhibition of works of 19 Pakistani artists under one roof and lauded the hard work undertaken by Seema Niaz and Soraya Sikander for coordinating this wide ranging exhibit of art work outside Pakistan.

Among the 19 artists whose works are displayed in the exhibition are Ms. Soraya Sikander, Aakif Suri, Khadim Ali, Ms. Maryam Khursheed, Mansoor Rahi, Mashmoor Raza, Ms. Mona Naqsh, Ms. Parveen Rizvi, A.S. Rind, A.Q. Arif, Musarat Arif, Momin, Ms. Nahid Raza, Tassaduq Sohail, Abrar Ahmed, Moeen Farqui, Ms. Tabinda Chinoy, Raja Changez Sultan, Masood A Khan, Tairq Javed, Ms. Sheema Ahmed and Qasmani.

The organizer a visual artist, Soraya Sikander was present on the occasion. Soraya Sikander is a prolific artist, who has worked, over the past couple of years in a variety of styles and techniques including: landscapes painted in oil on canvas, Japanese woodblocks inspired ink drawings on wall and paper, photography, video-stills and performing arts.

She counters the theme of war, presenting the opposite side of the argument. The artist works on location in Karachi and uses imagery of everyday scenes, interpreting these in various media to create ingenious works of art. Soraya’s current body of works comprises of video installation and stencil, graffiti on paper, canvas and wall. The artist’s work is a visual commentary on urban existence.

Three Thai artists display their work at Koel Gallery

An exhibition of etchings and woodcuts by three artists from Thailand titled ‘Believer’s paradise’ opened at Koel Gallery on Thursday. The display, which proved a refreshing change from the usual statement-oriented contemporary Pakistani art, will continue till Aug 20. The participating three artists are Panuwat Sitheechoke, Kriangkrai Konghanun and Arthit Amornchorn.

Creeping Shadows of Night: Shahid Rassam's Paintings Exhibition

LAHORE: An exhibition of Karachi based artist Shahid Rassam’s paintings was held at The Drawing Room Art Gallery in Lahore.

The exhibition titled “Creeping Shadows of Night” showcased 32 paintings of the artist that overwhelming response from the visitors. The exhibition was a special dedication by the artist to former Punjab governor Salmaan Taseer for his gallantry. The paintings that were discussed in detail were ‘Call to the Unveiling Truth’, ‘Covert Fertility’, ‘Barely Masked’, ‘The Lunar Bestality’, ‘Rebal Yell’, ‘Fire Burns’ and ‘Blue Submission’. The gallery’s owner, Sanam Taseer, said that Shahid’s work was unique and there was a depth in each of his paintings.

Other guests at the exhibition said that the artist had a keen observation and his paintings reflected his ability to present certain live scenarios in the form of paintings. Shahid’s work can be divided into two parts. The first part consisted paintings of newspaper clippings along with round female bodies that were seemingly doubled up in agony. His source of inspiration and choice of material all appears to be a primal response of the national ongoing crisis. It seems to mirror the emotions of general public where despite being in misery, they are unable to isolate themselves from the social and economic landscape. The second part consists dreamlike paintings with powerful colours and surreal animal imagery. The exhibition was visually brilliant and was designed to create a variety of environments and moods in which to contemplate the themes that the artists has explored over the decades such as androgyny, violence, desire and transformation.

Soraya Sikander's 'Exotica: from the land of the jungles' in London

On Friday 29th July 2011, the artist Soraya Sikander will be exhibiting her new series of paintings titled ‘Exotica: tales from the land of the jungles’ in a group show at the Pakistan High Commission in London. Exhibition will be inaugurated by H.E. Wajid Shamsul-Hasan, Ambassador to the U.K.

Known for her sarcastic humor in art, Soraya creates imagery based on famous literature and non-fiction such as: 1984, The Jungle Book, Orientalism and others.

The exhibition showcases paintings featuring:
Imagery of birds: flamingos, peacocks, wild zebras, and horses. Each miniature painting is a modern response to notions of the East as depicted in popular as well as classical literature and films. Animals associated with the land of the Orient or the lush tropical forests of the East are brought to life in this innovative, witty, ingenious exhibition.

Soraya says, ‘I’ve always wanted give a face to the patronizing accounts of the subcontinent - the land where wild animals run freely and young boys climb trees.
Since it’s my heritage in question, I wanted to respond adequately by telling
the story as I know it’.

The artist described her work as breaking stereotypes, stylized and at its
heart a liberated account of an otherwise idealized and romantic story, with
traces of dark humor.

Paintings by Recent Graduates of the Center of Excellence

KARACHI: An exhibition of paintings by recent graduates of the Centre of Excellence in Art & Design, Jamshoro, opens at the Chawkandi art gallery on Tuesday at 5.30pm. The participating artists are Habib Phulpoto, Manisha Jiani, Ambreen Channa, Kashif Thebo and Azhar Chandio. The group show will remain open till July 27, daily from 11am to 8pm.

Exhibition of Landscape Painting by Mughees Riaz

An exhibition of landscape paintings by Punjab University faculty member Mughees Riaz at Canvas Gallery from October 04, 2011 - October 13, 2011

Burka Series by Waseem Ahmed at canvas gallery

A solo show of the new Burqa Series by miniature artist Waseem Ahmed. Exhibition will continue from September 20, 2011 to September 29, 2011 at Canvas Gallery, Clifton, Karachi


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