Sunday, February 28, 2010

Taken from the Daily Times- Monday, March 01, 2010

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.

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