Miniature Paintings On Display At Kunj.

http://karachi.metblogs.com/archives/images/2007/01/kunj-thumb.jpgAn exhibition of magnificent miniature paintings by eleven NCA artists and students of Ustad Bashir Ahmed opened today at the Kunj Art Gallery, in Karachi. The art work by artists M.Saleh, Nazia Gul, M.Zahid Aziz, Sumaira Amin, Mufakar Subhani, Naveed Sadiq, Dr.Noman Ghauri, Irfan Hassan, Kausar Iqbal, Aakif Sauri, Jalaluddin Babar and Nadia Bangash is on the display creating a magical show in vivid colors.

The miniatures by Nadia Bangash in amazing colors and forms stand out. Her work is an engagement with the contemporary realities of empire as manifested in the U.S led “war on terror”, the occupation of Afghanistan and Iraq, the threats to Iran and Syria. Juxtaposing the contemporary state of this geographical region that was historically part of the Persian empire under king Cyrus 2500 years ago, with the invasion of Persia by Alexander and the destruction of persepolis by the latter’s army.

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Through amazing comparison of eastern and western culture M. Saleh convey to the people that we are in no way less then the west while Mufakhar Subhani’s colorful work is “A blend of fantasy and tattoos”

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The whole exhibitions is totally spell bounding, highly inspirational and defiantly worth a visit. The exhibition will remain open till 25th of January 2007, 10am to 5pm Daily.

Kunj Art Gallery:
20-A, Muhammad Ali Housing Society, Main Fatima Jinnah Road Karachi.
Phone : 452 6028, 4312481.

3 Comments so far

  1. wasiq (unregistered) on January 19th, 2007 @ 3:31 am

    ok since painting is not my favorite subject…i tell you what i like anyways….my favorite christmas movie is Terminator III and the worst this year was Christmas with the Kranks…


  2. turab (unregistered) on January 19th, 2007 @ 11:34 am

    beautiful artwork, and thanx again for covering the event on the website!

    I have a question for the Mullahs,,, isn’t painting Haraam in Islam……. please enlighten me ! hahaha


  3. Ramla A. (unregistered) on January 23rd, 2007 @ 10:16 pm

    So you visited! Most of the work was already sold out in NCA before the artists landed here. NCA is engaged in a revival of the miniature technique and contemporary miniature artists are breaking some traditional barriers. Contemporary Miniature is more political in theme too, as demonstrated by the work of Nida Bangash.

    There are some interesting calligraphic pieces too. Calligraphy has often been self-learned by major artists. Now schools are opening formal programs; NCA being in the lead. I have heard that the calligraphy minor there will soon be offered as a major. Khana-e-Farhang is also a place where interested persons can get beginner’s classes in calligraphy.

    I bought an abstract miniature by Dr. Noman.

    There was also the Indus Valley School of Art & architecture thesis show in December’s first half that showcased some very promising work.



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