Revival of a forgotten art in Islamabad

Edited news version printed in Pakistan Observer on Sept. 24, 2010. Islamabad: A three-day calligraphy workshop was sponsored by Pakistan National Council of the Arts (PNCA) for the art learners (from Sept. 21-23, 2010), which has truly injected a new life to the forgotten art of calligraphy among Pakistanis. The rare workshop was arranged by…

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Buddha shows the way to Peace and Tolerance

Zeenath Khalid’s paintings carry message of Peace, Tolerance and Serenity ‘Buddha’s Way-Aman Ka Rasta’ (way to peace) was the theme of the exhibition of inspirational paintings by Zeenath Khalid at Nomad Art Gallery in Islamabad. The exhibition was part of two-week activism campaign for elimination of violence against women and organized by Nageen Hyat of…

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‘Save Wildlife’ – theme of Arif’s landscape art

Published in Pakistan Observer on 4 Dec. 2010 Sana Jamal ISLAMABAD: The panoramic paintings of Muhammad Arif Khan compel the onlookers to consider the potential threat of natural as well as man-made disasters on Pakistan’s wildlife and to help preserve the natural beauty. “This is a painter’s way to conserve the natural assets of Pakistan”…

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Rare Korean Art at display in Islamabad

Korean artist gives the message to revert to nature Vibrant colours combined with soothing images in the paintings of Korean artist, Ae Jae Lee offered the message to the world ‘to go back to nature’ to recuperate peace in our chaotic lives. The painting exhibition titled ‘Sacred Forest’ organized by Gandhara Art and Cultural Association was…

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Artist depicts social worries of society

Published in Pakistan Observer (Dec. 23, 2010) Sana Jamal ISLAMABAD: Brilliant colours conveying daring thoughts were put on display in an exhibition of exquisite miniature paintings at Nomad Art gallery in Islamabad on Wednesday. The solo exhibition titled ‘Waqt ke Sath Sath’ gave the impression that how with the passage of time the element of…

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Art and Nature in harmony

Book launch, exhibition of sculptures Artist and writer Fauzia Minallah’s new book ‘Chitarkari and Banyans – The Pursuit of Identity’ highlights the need to preserve our natural environment and to promote national art and culture. In her book, Fauzia bring to light the fading art of slate engraving or ‘Chitarkari’ and also emphasized on the preservation…

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Rich colours and energy depict women in Artwork of Nahid Raza

Lively colours mixed with strong emotions in the paintings of Nahid Raza depicted strong woman and conveyed the message to respect and value women. The artist, Nahid Raza greeted the guests with a gentle smile at the inaugural ceremony of her painting exhibition here at Tanzara art gallery. “My paintings show strong women, who fulfill…

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Young artist visualizes ‘Error 404’

Published in Pakistan Observer (28 Dec. 2010) ‘Paper planes’ Sana Jamal ISLAMABAD: Colorful yet original portray of the society captured in the canvases by Sara Khan welcomes the element of uncertainty in life and leave us pondering for a solution. Young painter Sara Khan’s ten paintings and drawings will be on display from Dec. 28…

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Artistic way to bid farewell to 2010

A remarkable exhibition of 76 paintings, prints and sculptures by 29 artists was held at Gallery 6, Islamabad to bid farewell to year 2010 in an artistic manner. Upon entering the gallery, one is bound to get enthralled by the paintings that sparkle with energy which fill one’s soul with positivity and brings liveliness to…

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‘Two Folds’ depict Fear and Greed

Two miniature artists used traditional methods in their artwork to depict human emotions, greed and fear show two sides of the same coin. The paintings exhibition titled ‘Two Folds’ opened at Rohtas Art Gallery in Islamabad on Wednesday. The exhibition includes eight art pieces by Noor Ali Chagani and twelve artworks by Quratulain Shams. Using…

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‘Endorsing Icons’ give identity to ignored ones

Big black canvases of Faraz Ali portray the faces of those in society who play vital roles in our lives but remain unrecognized and unpublicized. Syed Faraz Ali, a Karachi-based artist intends to give identity to unnoticed and unspoken people through his painting exhibition titled ‘Endorsing Icons’, which opened here at Nomad Art Gallery, Islamabad…

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Artist depicts historic splendor through mixed media art

Bold colours, profound themes and splendid pieces of paper in the paintings of Samina Ali, takes one back into the magnificent history of Mughal era, one of the richest culture of the world. Samina Ali’s exquisite exhibition of paintings titled ‘Imprints – Historical Promises’ will open at Nomad gallery, Islamabad today. During the press preview…

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Wooden work depicts anxiety & fear in society

Imran Hunzai has used a traditional medium wood carving in an artistic way to depict the element of fear and frustration which has seeped into the society with the passage of time. The exhibition titled ‘Wooden Woes’ include 14 exquisite wooden sculptures and dust paintings by Imran Hunzai which are put on display at Rohtas…

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‘Self Absorption’ – a journey towards self-realization

Published in Pakistan Observer (4 Feb. 2011) Sana Jamal ISLAMABAD: Rich colours and meaningful expressions in the new artworks of Abdul Jabbar Gul takes one into a spiritual journey of serenity leading towards the path to self-realization. The painting exhibition titled ‘Self Absorption’ was opened on Thursday evening at Khaas gallery, Islamabad. According to the…

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‘Nomadic Voyage of Colours’ opens in Islamabad

A colorful exhibition of unique clay and wood artifacts has been arranged by the Nomad Art Gallery to gratify the art lovers of the twin cities. The show titled ‘Nomadic Voyage of Colours’ by Bina Ali, will showcase a wide range of artistic hand-made products including hand-painted tile-inlay furniture, artifacts, hand painted wooden vessels, jewelry,…

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‘Spread Peace through Love’

Published in Pakistan Observer (8 Feb. 2011) Sana Jamal ISLAMABAD: Jharoka Art Gallery is currently showcasing some of the exquisite art works by M. H. Sulehri whose theme of the work is largely centered on nature. The vibrant colours and striking images in the painting exhibition titled ‘Spread Peace through Love’ are indeed a treat…

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Mobina’s figurative work on display at gallery 6

Published in Pakistan Observer (13 Feb. 2011) Sana Jamal ISLAMABAD: Gallery 6 brings an exclusive exhibition of paintings by Mobina Zuberi in which she has captured snap shot moments through lines and brush strokes. Mobina’s present exhibition titled “The Moment” is unique in the sense that it displays two very different genres of paintings with…

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Rasheed Butt’s Captivating Calligraphic work go on display

ISLAMABAD – Rasheed Butt, the world renowned calligrapher who is the only in the world who writes in Gold with Qalam (pen) was present in Islamabad on Monday to grace the inauguration of his calligraphic exhibition at Khaas gallery in the capital. This is for the first time that internationally well-recognized veteran artist, Rasheed Butt…

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Art exhibition features work of country’s fine Artists

ISLAMABAD –  An impressive contemporary art exhibition titled ‘United – in the age of dialogue’ featuring artwork of around 100 artists from all over Pakistan was opened here at National Art Gallery in Islamabad on Tuesday. The exhibition organized by Rastay (NGO), a forum to promote art and culture of Pakistan, was a well-attended event…

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“Creating Sculpture” – Art workshop at PNCA

Published on 17 May 2011 Sana Jamal Islamabad – In South Asia, the first known sculptures were found at sites of Mohen-jo-daro and Harappa (in Pakistan) from Indus Valley civilization around 3300–1700 BC. However the art of sculpture could not flourish in the country as the artists were not encouraged to work in this medium due to religious…

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Injecting a new life into Pakistan’s Sculptural Art

Islamabad – The sculpture art is picking up fast in Pakistan despite a traditional distaste and lack of enthusiasm by art managers. However, more recently there is a realization about significance of this special art and Pakistan National Council of the Arts took the lead in organizing a five-day workshop on sculpture art in Pakistan.…

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“Flight of Imagination” – Inspiring Miniature art exhibition

Published in Pakistan Observer (15 June, 2011) Sana Jamal Islamabad – Solo art exhibition titled “Flight of Imagination” by a brilliant artist Samreen Asif opened here at the newly-built art gallery of COMSATS Institute of Information Technology (CIIT) in Islamabad on Tuesday. Samreen’s elegant miniature artworks explain her journey as she explored the ways that could…

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Artists depict the beauty of Potohar region

Islamabad – A captivating exhibition titled “Hues from Potohar” that opened at Pakistan National Council of the Arts (PNCA) display the work of prominent artists from the Islamabad and Rawalpindi depicting the splendor of Potohar region. The art show is featuring over 120 paintings and sculptures, based on imagery, striking bright tones, landscapes of Potohar…

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Rediscovering the maestro Sadequain

Islamabad – To relive the legacy of calligraphy art, and rediscover the work of Sadequain, one of the finest painters, a book launching ceremony and exhibition was held in Islamabad on Monday. The grand exhibition was organized by Pakistan National Council of the Arts (PNCA) in collaboration with Sadequain at National Art Gallery. The exhibition…

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Reflecting Age of Neo-Colonialism through Art

Since Art is considered a reflection of the society, the changing times and consequential circumstances seem to have greatly influenced the artists of our times. One such artist is Amin Rehman, who excels in employing textual expression in his artwork. Amin’s latest art exhibition titled ‘White Wash: Art in the Age of Neo-Colonialism’ opened at…

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Artistic dialogue between Berlin and Karachi

Exhibition “Through my Eyes – Soul of Pakistan”  Photograph by Hameed Moinuddin on display at an exhibition “Through my Eyes – Soul of Pakistan”. Islamabad – A photo exhibition titled “Through My Eyes – Soul of Pakistan”, featuring around 50 photographs shot in Karachi by a Pakistani photographer, Hameed Moinuddin were put on display at…

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