Sunday, February 28, 2010
You used to be my parents- then you became society- now you're a nobody.
This is a collection representing the different stages my mind went through when I was released from the structured, societal life of Karachi and was exposed to an independent world where thinking had no limitations and the line between reality and imagination was smeared.
From glimpses of average Karachi life, my art moved into an experimental direction embracing obscure ideas of age, reality and God.
Oil and Chalk Pastel on Cardboard
34 x 44
Taazi Taazi Khabrein
Oil Pastel on Cardboard
30 x 32
How many more tricks up His sleeve?
Oil Pastel on Cardboard
34 x 44
25 x 33
Urrnay Ki Koshish
Ink on Paper
24 x 32
Burial of Flight
Acrylic and Mixed Media on Paper
30 x 38
Aankhein Phar Kar Dekho!
Pen and Ink on Paper
24 x 32
Age Doesn't Matter!
Chalk Pastel on Paper
23 x 24
3 former Grammarians produce intriguing art
By Ameer H Ahmad
KARACHI: An exhibition is being held at Faraar at T2F featuring paintings by Zeerak Ahmed, Shoaib Rizvi and Abdullah Khan till March 7. All three artists are former Grammarians and are currently pursuing higher studies at different international colleges.
Shoaib received classical sitar and voice training at a very young age, which resulted in his interest in music, and eventually painting. He will be attending Imperial College in London to read medicine in October 2010. His work features bright rich colours and animated figures, which seem to jump right at you. Inspired by “truck art”, his painting titled “This Land is Your Land” depicts different landmarks and physical features of the country. The painting is filled with symbolic references that are apparent only when it is keenly observed. Another interesting work of art is titled “Prescription” and has been made in mixed media. The board measuring 22” x 15” has been made by sticking tablet strips of different shapes and sizes together and then painting them. It depicts a beautiful landscape with a mythological figure looking like a horse flying over the horizon.
Abdullah is pursuing his bachelors at the Ringling College of Art and Design, Florida in Fine Arts and Illustration. His first three collages are a brilliant form of expression, extremely modern and very creative. He has used pastels on cardboard boxes for some of his illustrations, resulting in stunning and quite “green” pieces of art. “Murghi” measuring 34” x 44” drawn with oil and chalk pastels on a cardboard, with the original text of the carton still visible, appears intriguing.
Zeerak’s work features the subtle images of poor children she encounters in Karachi, their faces reflecting the unknown. She is currently pursuing an undergraduate degree in Studio Art with a minor in music at Hiram College in the United States.
Saturday, February 27, 2010
Monday, February 22, 2010
Join us at Faraar for an exhibition of paintings by Zeerak Ahmed, Shoaib Rizvi and Abdullah Khan
Opening Date: Thursday, 25th Feb 2010 | 6:00 pm
“Carving our perspectives, etching the skeleton of our subconscious, we are what you made us. As a triad of aspiring artists, we each examine our experiences within the labyrinth as it shapes our outlook of the world”.
Growing up with artists in the family, I’ve always been passionate about the subject. After successful art grades throughout my O-Levels and A-Levels at the Karachi Grammar School, I decided to take it up as my major at Hiram College (USA), where I am pursuing an undergraduate degree in Studio Art and a minor in Music.
I grew up in Karachi and studied at Karachi Grammar School. Being born into a family of doctors sparked my early interest in science. However, receiving classical sitar training and voice training from a very young age, resulted in my interest in music, and eventually painting. I graduated from Karachi Grammar School in 2009 having studied both art and the sciences. I will be attending Imperial College in London to read medicine in October 2010.
I am a nineteen year old freshman at Ringling College of Art and Design in Florida, where I am working towards my Bachelor of Fine Arts in Illustration. After completing my O-Levels from Karachi Grammar School, I moved to a boarding school in Switzerland, where I was exposed to a multitude of cultures. Piling up experiences left me curious and wanting to indulge, document and keep creating. My biggest influences are the world I am a part of and the people in it. I love loud music and the wind blowing in my face.
The exhibition will continue until Sunday, 7th March 2010