ISLAMABAD: A new group exhibition opened on Saturday at the Khaas Gallery, featuring the works of six contemporary artists all graduates of the National College of Arts (NCA).
Contemporary was curated by art critic Asim Akhtar.
Among the six visual artists is Hamza bin Faisal, who graduated with honors in 2022 from the NCA in Lahore.
His work spans different media and materials, ranging from digital art to traditional drawing, miniature/painting, printmaking and sculpture. Her work aims to explore the self, existence and multiple visual allegories around ethical and social dilemmas.
“My work first began with a concern for displacement and confinement. From there, I started to explore how a space could be associated with a box. I have always had this fascination with architecture and later, after becoming interested in the traditional Persian and Mughal style of miniature painting, I drew inspiration to develop this body of work,” he said. declared.
“I use sepia, grays and browns to try to evoke ideas of nostalgia. These spaces often carry a sense of absence, contested stories, fragments of memories and traces of lost voices, resurrecting a dialogue with the viewer to suggest or reveal the depths of truth confined within these walls,” said Ms. Faisal on opening day.
The other artist who works on display is Ramsha Haider, another artist who graduated with honors in Fine Arts from NCA Lahore.
She draws inspiration from her environment and is interested in all forms of literature, especially epic poems.
“I was inspired by the poem “Conference of the Birds” written by the Persian Sufi poet Fariduddin Attar from Nishapur. His masterpiece is an epic allegory of the seeker’s journey to God. One of my main concerns when creating artwork is to keep the traditional aspects of the miniature alive while giving a contemporary twist to the overall imagery. I do this by selecting my elements of paintings, making them my own and compiling them to the point where I get the desired results,” she said.
Mohammad Sulaiman’s current work is based on an old adage, Chaadar Dekh Kar Paon Phailao, which means “cut your coat according to your fabric”.
“I’m more focused on Western references that influence me through my history and current media. This Chaadar reminds me of my limits and what I should think and what I shouldn’t,” he said.
Mohammad Sulaman is a miniature artist who studied at Government College University, Lahore and received “Best Artist Award” in 2009 and 2010. After mastering more skills under the guidance of RM Naeem, he graduated from NCA Lahore in 2015.
Muzna Mahmood graduated in fine arts from NCA. She explores the idea of ”peace” in relation to acceptance and ignorance, and is primarily influenced by her environment.
“The subconscious and conscious state conjures up complex layers from visual cues around me. And I create a narrative by slowly building layers upon layers, with traditional Pardakht technique, exploring visual representation from different perspectives” , she said.
Living in Lahore, Sibtain Ghazi also graduated in Fine Arts (Miniature Paintings) from NCA in 2015.
He does not like to use references and his works are short stories composed of an eternal sublime song of nature in which the creature by its decomposition meets all its congeners in its trans-universe journey while keeping its identity intact. The scene clearly shows his divine and invisible help.
“We call it mother’s knees in which all is intact, eternal and flourishing, whether it grows or perishes,” he said.
Manohar Kirtani, who belongs to Sindh, graduated from NCA Rawalpindi in 2022. His work revolves around the principles of truck art, designs and his six colors.
“The art of the truck is something close to my heart. My family comes from painters who worked with truck art, so I chose to bring my previous experience, mixing with what I’ve learned now in miniature practice to produce a fusion work. I have also included portraits of my teachers who inspired me during my years at the NCA, who embraced me and helped me adapt to my new environment,” Mr. Kirtani said.
The show will last until June 8.
Posted in Dawn, June 5, 2022