Art galleries in the capital have noticed a significant change in the clientele of artwork. The youth is getting more involved in not just producing but also buying art, which shows the passion of art in today’s youth.
“We noticed majority of our customers were really young and that it is particularly because of the fact that the artwork is economical, for instance the prices begin at just Rs13,000, which is quite affordable”, said Zara Sajid, the curator at My Art World.
Artwork by Rabia Dawood, Fariha Rashid, and Tooba Shaikh at display at My Art World. PHOTOS: HUMA CHAUDHARY
The current exhibition at My Art World features contemporary miniature work by Rabia Dawood, Fariha Rashid, and Tooba Shaikh. The exhibition called “Various Reflections” began on Monday, June 8 and is ongoing till June 13.
Dawood said, “Some people want to see the truths of life with their own vision. They have daydreams. Whereas life has its own decisions and people are helpless in front of them. At times people are farsighted. A wish to achieve something beforehand forces you to dream about it, but the fact is that some wishes remain unfulfilled or their fulfillment has a different approach”.
Dawood, who graduated from Karachi School of Art in 2007, has participated in several national and international exhibitions since 2004 to this day. Internationally, Rabia has exhibited at the Consulate General of Pakistan in Houston several times. In Pakistan, Rabia has exhibited in Karachi, Lahore and Islamabad at several eminent art galleries including Creative Art Gallery, Alliance Francaise, Grandeur Art Gallery and various others, in Karachi, Gallery 6, Jharoka Art Gallery and National Art Gallery, PNCA in Islamabad and Alhamra Art Council in Lahore.
Shaikh, who has exhibited her miniature work at Various Reflections, told The Express Tribune that the main focus of her work has been personalities. “The inner and outer faces of my personality are the most important elements of my life. My look covered in Abaya is not all myself. In my painting I have shown my feelings. My outer look represents me in Abaya in front of other people but that is not actually me”, said Tooba.
Tooba comes from Hyderabad and has recently graduated with a major in miniature painting from Centre of Excellence in Arts and Design MUET Jamshoro and her native and distinct painting styles and ideas reflect in her work too.
Rashid graduated with a BFA in Painting from Lahore College for Women University and has participated in various individual and group exhibitions ever since. Internationally, she has exhibited in the US and India, and locally in Karachi, Lahore and Islamabad.
Speaking about her work exhibited, Rashid mentioned that her work reflects the positive and negative outlooks and approaches in lives of females. She told that for her it is never about compelling even though for females that is mostly the case. “It is about the happiness along with the negativity prevailing in their lives created by society. There are so many things, which need to be celebrated; the growth and bonding between relationships, all are incomplete without women’s participation. All the thoughts are presented through various symbols like birds, ropes, leaves, mannequins etc.”, said Rashid.
The pieces will be available online after the exhibition ends.
Published in The Express Tribune, June 12th, 2015.
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