A two-day group exhibition of paintings by students and professional artists opens at the Rawalpindi Institute of Art and Design (RIAD) gallery here today (Saturday).
Titled ‘Beginner’s calligraphic expression,’ the show features the works of 30 artists and will be inaugurated by renowned artist Rasheed Butt. More than 40 pieces of creative Islamic calligraphy in kufic script are on display; these are an outcome of a calligraphy workshop delivered by Rasheed Butt at RIAD.
Expressing her thoughts, RIAD’s principal Saira Alam said, the exhibition is an effort to provide a platform for the promotion of art and Islamic calligraphy, which reflects our tradition and has an important place in our society. The institute’s director Tariq Amin Gilani said, the gallery is promoting art by conducting workshops and offering a platform for promotion of upcoming artists.
The exhibition’s curator Sobia Tassadduq, who is herself an artist and whose work is also being showcased said, the exhibition offers remarkable works based on the names of God and Quranic verses. “The work portrays the participating artists’ passion and love for Islam and Islamic traditions,” she said.
The collection offers various styles of the art form in diverse media that is rich and colorful. Works of talented artists Zunaira Saeed Khan, Sobia Tassaduq, Arsalan Arshad, Nazra Mian, Azam Nabi, Zainab Sarwar, Aiman Chaudhry, Amna Nawaz, Mahrukh, Rehana Malik, Jalal Aslam Chaudry, Sidra Ghayyur, Anam Azhar, Aamina Hashmi, Qudsia Yousaf, Taimur Shahzad, Ayesha-Tul-Kubra, Hina Naz, Tazeen Zaidi, Malik Fazal Amaar, Mah Misha Fatima, Sana Zaidi, Ijaz-ul-Haq, Qurat-ul-Ain Musharraf and Qurat-ul-Ain Altaf have been showcased in the exhibition.
Zunaira Saeed Khan, head of the department of textiles at RIAD, has also displayed her leather appliqué work in a contemporary style. Sobia Tassadduq has brought her abstract style in black-and-white background using the Kufic script.
The show will continue till January 6 at House no. 149, Street 9, Chaklala Scheme 3.