Salahuddin Mian (1939 – 2006) – Retrospective

http://karachi.metblogs.com/archives/images/2008/01/mian01-thumb.jpgYesterday, January 29, 2008, The Indus Valley School of Art and Architecture (IVS), in collaboration with the National College of Arts (NCA, Lahore), launched “Salahuddin Mian, Retrospective” exhibition of Pakistan’s first modern ceramist Salahuddin Mian.

I had briefly known Salahuddin Mian through his artwork which had always inspired me deeply. But it was only yesterday at the opening ceremony of his exhibition that I realized that this man was a true artist who literally dedicated his whole life to art. He never got married, his only love was to play with clay, he loved to mold it into intriguing shapes, designs and forms while it was still soft and pliable then adding enamels to it and firing it into the kiln he would harden the clay into free flowing forms filled with colors and motions and full of life.

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The opening ceremony also included screening of a short documentary by ” Yeh Kiya!” which celebrates the personality of Salahuddin Mian, the film describes the artists through of his friends, coworkers, class fellow and his family. The event also included a book launch on the life and work of Mian, Salahuddin. Which was available for sale at the event.

The launching ceremony and The exhibition that will continue at the IVS Gallery till the 23 of February 2008 before it travel to the Zahoor-ul-Akhlaq Gallery at NCA in Lahore is more of a treat and a blessing for the young artists and art lovers of Karachi, giving them an opportunity to look, admire, appreciate learn from the work of an eminent ceramist who has preserved his passion for art, his creativity, his vision and personality in the masterpieces he has left behind for us to cherish.

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Special Thanks to Noorjehan Bilgrami, Usman Ghouri, Farzad Bagheri, Friends of Salahuddin Mian and Indus Valley School of Art & Architecture for bringing this wonderful exhibition to Karachi.

Exhibition continues till 23 of February, 2008 at the IVS Gallery for general public, 10.00 am – 7.30 pm Daily.

3 Comments so far

  1. Ejaz Asi (unregistered) on February 1st, 2008 @ 6:38 pm

    You might want to mention that all art work for the book-cover and posters were done by Farzad Bagheri (http://www.farzadbagheri.com/) with assistance from NoorJehan Bilgrami.
    And yes, it’s a fabulous exhibition for a wonderful person and an artist.


  2. Ejaz Asi (unregistered) on February 1st, 2008 @ 6:47 pm

    You might want to mention that all art work for the book-cover and posters were done by Farzad Bagheri (http://www.farzadbagheri.com/) with assistance from NoorJehan Bilgrami.
    And yes, it’s a fabulous exhibition for a wonderful person and an artist.


  3. Jamash (unregistered) on February 1st, 2008 @ 11:26 pm

    @ Ejaz Asi:

    Thank you for mentioning Farzad Bagheri’s contribution for designing the posters and the book cover. I have added his name to the article. :)



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