Bringing a refreshing palette of colors and textures, “Summer Art Show” featuring a group of eight emerging and established artists opened at Nomad Art Gallery here on Thursday.
Oil landscapes on paper by Marium Haider, connoted to the subject of hope and positivity. The depiction of the full moon reveals the artist’s creative expression. For her first show, Haider’s work was rather appealing.
The two collections that really stood out were Sajida Hussain’s figurines in oil on canvas and Sehyr Ali Qayum’s pencil and pastels. Hussain’s work depicted vulnerable sensibility along with a bold colour choice, boasting of more decoration than substance. In Qayum’s work, the intensity and depth in the eyes of the subject drew one in with seamless ease.
Samreen Asif exhibited the same collection of water colour paintings – with a miniature sensibility to them – that she had displayed at Bahria University.
Hamid Alvi, a Karachi-based artist captured the landscapes of various cities of Pakistan and donated his paintings for a fundraiser exhibition at the gallery.
Riffat Ara Baig’s work comprises mixed media etchings on paper, which is experimental and expressionist in nature. Her work, according to her, reflects her expression of emotional journey enriched with deep observations and firsthand encounters. It also partly reflects the socio-psychic fabric between a woman and a man and what a woman thinks about her relationships.
Samreen Asif ventured to explore the ways that could lead to knowledge, pursuit and preservation of traditional miniature art portraying various schools such as Kangra, Pahari and Persian. Her canvas is adorned with white swans, dramatic moods and lotus pools.
Ufaq Ehsan has explored mixed media using her own techniques.Her paintings, she said, are a tribute to the language of subconscious.
Overall, the exhibit was different and interesting, even though there was no link between the subject matter or the aesthetic sensibilities of the artists. The display affords a good opportunity to art lovers and enthusiasts to explore these summer-fresh arrivals.
The show continues till last week of July.