major miniaturists 20 november

major miniaturists 20 november 2014

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Unicorn Gallery is pleased to present on 20th November 2014 an exhibition of modern miniature paintings by today’s leading miniature artists.

MAJOR MINIATURISTS features new miniature art by: Amjad Ali Talpur, Asif Ahmed, Attiya Shaukat, Ayesha Durrani, Imran Channa, Imran Mudassar, Irfan Hasan, Khadim Ali, Khalid Saeed Butt, Mudassar Manzoor, Raza Ur Rehman, Safdar Ali Qureshi, Saira Wasim, Ustad Bashir Ahmed, and Waseem Ahmed.

Exhibition opening time: 5 pm to 8 pm. Display shall last from 20th to 30th November 2014.

Amjad Ali Talpur trained in miniature from the National College of Arts, Lahore. He teaches and practices at Jamshoro Sindh and his grid miniatures explore themes of country, culture, history, mughal and Islamic identity. The artist exhibited internationally.

Asif Ahmed graduated from National College of Art in 2004 with a BFA 1st Division, Distinction in Miniature Painting. The artist has participated in several group and solo exhibitions in Pakistan and abroad. His modern miniatures explore traditional art, political intrigue, power and blending history with the modern. Asif Ahmed’s miniatures have been auctioned internationally and featured in several publications.

Attiya Shaukat has a BFA in Fine Arts from National College of Arts as well as from the Lahore College of Women. Through her work she explores her personal narrative. Having suffered paralysis, the artist highlights images of spines, vertebrae and mechanical parts. Attiya uses the age-old tradition of miniature painting and incorporates it into modern context.

Ayesha Durrani is a modern miniaturist. She graduated in 2003 from the National College of Arts with a BFA. Ayesha has held several international exhibitions including at Aicon Gallery New York and Gallery 27 Cork Street, London, Dubai, New Delhi etc. Ayesha Durrani draws out feminist topics through her work exploring themes of female bondage and arranged marriages in Pakistani culture.

Imran Channa is a contemporary artist who works in various media including: Painting, drawing, sculpture, digital art and interactive art. He has been exhibiting nationally and internationally. He has a BFA and an MFA from the National College of Arts and his work ‘Making of the history’ is based on Mughal culture, heritage and identity. Imran Channa was Gasworks resident UK.

Imran Mudassar has Bachelors in Fine Arts with a Distinction from National College of Arts, and was awarded the Award of Excellence by Alhamra Art Gallery, Lahore. He has shown in Art Hong Kong (2010), “Assemble Reassemble”, Devi Art Foundation, New Delhi (2010). He has completed a residency at the Visual Art Collective (Khoj International Artists Residency), Banglore, and has had two solo exhibitions in Pakistan as well as participating in various group shows.

Irfan Hasan graduated from National College of Arts in 2006 and has been a part of several major exhibitions internationally. The artist is well known for his large scale socio-political miniatures. Irfan Hasan is the recipient of Commonwealth Connection International Artist Residency 2010.

Khadim Ali is a miniaturist par-excellence. Based in Sydney, Australia, Khadim belongs to the Hazara tribe and his miniatures explore themes of culture. Khadim uses the technique of neem rang or half-colour and is best known for his Rustam series narratives which depicts the battle between good and evil, and the Persian epic poem, Shahnameh (Book of kings). Khadim is an internationally renowned artist and has participated in the Venice Biennale, shown at Documenta 13, Cross Art Projects, Sydney, Lismore Regional Gallery, Australia.

Khalid Saeed Butt has a BFA in Graphic Design from Punjab University; his miniatures are executed on canvas with mixed media and some with gouache on wasli. His watercolour wash technique brings him closer to Chughtai and his longish figures echo Western academic drawing. His work is largely inspired by Urdu poetry in context and is traditional in nature. The artist enjoys immense popularity in his country.

Mudassar Manzoor has a Professional Diploma in Computer Graphics from Punjab University, Lahore, Pakistan (2001) and Bachelor of Fine Arts First Division with Distinction, National College of Arts, Lahore, Pakistan (2005). Mudassar Manzoor is a well-known artist from Pakistan, having shown at prominent exhibitions internationally, and has mastered Eastern Miniature painting. He paints details using animal hair (as delicate paint brush), meticulously applying gouache paint and gold pigment on to wasli paper. The artist has shown at Hong Kong Art Center and the 4th Biennial of Contemporary Paintings of Muslim World in Iran.

Raza Ur Rehman has worked as a designer (comic and digital artist) and as an illustrator with various local and multinational companies. He has a Master’s Degree in Fine Arts (Illustration) from College of Art & Design University of the Punjab Lahore in 2008. The artist works as a lecturer and has won a Merit Award from the Artist Association of the Punjab. Raza has held successful showing at the Unicorn Gallery Karachi.
“Raza ur Rehman is an artist of great distinction. His work in exhibition combined watercolour painting and mechanical objects suggesting the techno-presence of a future where man will be no longer the superior intelligence. The artist’s unique and impressive art made a strong impression on visitors to the gallery.” – Marjorie Husain, (Article: Miniature art, exploring new forms of expression)

Safdar Ali Qureshi graduated from the National College of Arts in 2005. Born in Larkana, Sindh, he is currently a visiting faculty member teaching miniature painting at the Centre of Excellence in Arts Design, MUET, Jamshoro. Safdar Ali Qureshi’s work involves a revival of traditional skills with the experimentation of contemporary viewpoints and technology.

Saira Wasim is a leading modern miniaturist. The artist graduated in 1999 with a Bachelor in Fine Arts from the National College of Arts, Lahore. Her miniatures explore politics and culture and her work has been exhibited in a number of international museums including the Whitney Museum of American Art, Brooklyn Museum of Art and Asian Art Museum. Saira Wasim’s paintings have been auctioned at major international auction houses and her work has been published by VOGUE India.

Ustad Bashir Ahmed Bashir Ahmed was born in 1953 and was the department head of miniature department at the National College of Arts in Lahore. A distinguished artist Professor Bashir Ahmed has been a traditional miniature artist working in the original Persian and Mughal miniature techniques and training generations of modern miniaturists.

Waseem Ahmed Waseem Ahmed is a modern miniaturist based in Gerrmany. Born in Hyderabad, Pakistan (1976) Waseem graduated from National College of Arts in 2000 with “Honors” in the field of Miniature Painting. He mixes Mughal tradition, fusing it with modern elements and through his work he comments on contemporary socio-political events. Waseem has participated in several solo and group shows all over the world. His work has also been auctioned in prestigious auction houses internationally.

20 – 30 November 2014
11 am – 8 pm at Unicorn Gallery
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