Recalling yesteryears of Karachi with nostalgia

Artist Hanif Shahzad paints the unexpected grandeur of the metropolis

Saadia Qamar March 01, 2017
Artist Hanif Shahzad used the medium of oil on canvas for his paintings. PHOTOS: Courtesy Artciti Gallery

KARACHI: One's love for their city grows many times more if they start to paint it.

Using the medium of oil on canvas, artist Hanif Shahzad's painting exhibition, 'Rhythm of Kolachi', opened Thursday evening at the Artciti Gallery.

Shahzad has captured the grandeur of the great monuments, busy markets and street life of the city in his paintings of the Mohatta Palace, Empress Market at night time, Fresco Chowk, Lea Market Tower, Burnes Road at night time, the views from Denso Hall and the famed Zaibunissa Street.

Paintings on display: Exhibition showcases landscapes, cityscapes at NCA
Shahzad has been painting since the last 25 years and shared that he has never felt bored by this city. "I have been born and bred in Karachi. It's a big city and I have a strong emotional attachment to it," he told The Express Tribune.

A back view of the Mohatta Palace Museum. PHOTO: Courtesy Artciti Gallery A back view of the Mohatta Palace Museum. PHOTO: Courtesy Artciti Gallery

"It [Karachi] is a multicultural city which has many kinds of people," said Shahzad while comparing Karachi to their cities of the country.

The artist, a civil engineer by profession, said that has taken up painting as a hobby and was first inspired to paint while he was still studying at the DJ Science College where the old façade of the building inspired him to pick up a paint brush.

10, Street behind D.J science college, 21 x 28 Inch, Oil on Canvas, AC-HNS-010, Rs. 105,000.jpg Street behind DJ Science College. PHOTO: Courtesy Artciti Gallery

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Shahzad believed that he was so involved in painting the city that he only noticed the big picture. "Karachi is densely populated which makes it crowded and like a mini-Pakistan," he said.

14, Frere hall, 27 x 36 Inch, Oil on Canvas, AC-HNS-014, Rs. 160,000.jpg A front view of Frere Hall. PHOTO: Courtesy Artciti Gallery

With as many as 24 art pieces on display, the exhibition continues till March 1.


Zain | 7 years ago | Reply Now Karachi looks like a colony of Pakistan. Only remembered when tax is to be elected, no projects from government. All important roads of industrial areas are dug up.
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