Exhibition: Art works depict violence, relationships

Four NCA student display their work at LAC.

Our Correspondent November 07, 2012


An art exhibition featuring the work of four students of the National College of Arts (NCA) opened at the Lahore Art Council on Monday.

The work on display is mostly experimental. Aroosha Khalil has showcased four figurative pieces featuring bird anatomy.

“In Pakistan, perceptions of terrorism and violent crime have changed tremendously over time...By painting bird heads and feathers in dark shades, I have tired to depict the ugly resilience, we have acquired as a nation,” Khalil said. She says she will try to extend the work into a series for her thesis.

Four digital prints by Muhammad Shahid showcase water puddles in various kinds of light and the architecture in the Walled City. Minahil, an NCBE student, said she was impressed by how every detail in a balcony and windows was visible, she said.

“I only wish had the prints been larger,” she said.

Shahid says that despite specialising in miniature, he has always been interested in photography. “I realised that we miss a lot of detail in what we come across during casual walks or visits,” he said. His pictures at Rs15,000 to Rs20,000.

In his seven miniature pieces, Rahim Baloch has showcased his love for animals.

“I took pictures at various zoos across Pakistan and have selected the best for painting,” said Baloch.

“As a child, I always had a pet. And I still feel close to animals. I wanted to paint them unlike the way what I have seen them painted,” he said

Baloch says painting deer and scenic landscapes helped him show better understand the relationship between two miniature techniques  neemrang and gabrang. “I am practicing for my thesis. I’d like to capture my relationship with my siblings and my mother,” he says.

In her six pieces, Momina Muhammad has tried incorporating three miniature painting techniques perfected by three miniature styles.

“The NCA is known to have one of the best miniature schools in the world. I wanted to paint what I have learned in three years,” she says. Her pieces are priced between Rs32,000 and Rs60,000.
“This is very detailed work. I used a handmade brush of squirrel hair. All the pigments used are natural. It takes hours to paint in such depth,” she said. The exhibition will continue till November 9.

Published in The Express Tribune, November 7th, 2012.


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