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Abstracts, landscapes and more comprise ‘Generation Rahi’

Abstracts, landscapes and more comprise ‘Generation Rahi’

ISLAMABAD: Paintings by students taught by renowned Cubist Mansoor Rahi were displayed at the Aqs gallery this Thursday. Titled ‘Generation Rahi’, the exhibition included the work of 12 painters, who contributed nearly 60 paintings to the new show.

The paintings were executed mostly in oil and acrylic on canvas, but also included mixed media works, and were priced between Rs12,000 and Rs95,000.

Mr Rahi also contributed three large scale paintings to the show.

In the genre of architectural paintings, Saima Amir exhibited attractive pieces that drew inspiration from architecture and played with light.

Bahawalpur based Asrar Farooqui, who has been studying under Mr Rahi for seven years, is also interested in architectural arts, particularly cityscapes. His work transported viewers into old cities and multi-storeyed structures.

Meanwhile, Shireen Gheba Najib’s varied interests were reflected in her works, which included landscapes as well as cityscapes. Shamma Malik also showcased dreamy landscapes influenced by Kashmiri heritage, in oil on canvas.

Another artist, Nahida Raza, used vibrant colours and thick patches of paint.

She explained that she was an emotional person and expressed the difficulties she has faced as a woman through her use of colours.

Sajida Hussain’s works were categorised as ‘impressionistic cubical’ and were based on human and animal figuration, carrying viewers into her imaginary world. “I have my own style, as I absorb various objects from my surroundings and compile them with an aim to give shape and colour to my imagination, views and thoughts,” she said.

Aania S Khan said she attempts to breathe life into long forgotten culture through her work. “The not to caricature the moment, and instead capture it in all its former glory, which leads towards a glorious future.

That’s why part of my process is to read as much as I can about the specific subject,” she said.

Shahnaz Akram, meanwhile, combined realism and abstract to shape her landscapes and architectural impressions.

Shabana Hasan, whose work was also featured, said painting was like oxygen to her. “I love to paint trees, because each tree has a character of its own,” she said.

Farzana Rashid contributed abstract portraits to the show, and Mubashra Akhtar contributed calligraphy, as well as paintings of nature and architecture.

The exhibition will run for a week.

Published in Dawn, December 4th, 2015

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