Yak Baloch Kahol e Hasha
An exhibition recording incredible contribution of a Baloch Family
on Saturday 23 April 2015 at 5:00 pm
the Exhibition will continue till 3 May 2015
We are open 11:00 am – 7:00 pm 7 days a week
Akram Dost Baloch was born in the culturally rich rural environment in Nushki in 1958 and he is the eldest among siblings. His vivid memories of childhood reminds him of his mother making different shapes, figurines, animal patterns and pots from clay for her children, even though she had no exposure to formal education. She also made beautiful colourful embroidery, weaving items and crafts that decorated their home. Akram has no doubt that the visual story that he started narrating across Pakistan and the globe, which has been continued by his brothers, or their children or cousins children, has its deep rooting from these indigenous art forms.
He states “I still can’t get out of these traditional motives, designs, rhythms and colours that are very different, distinct, and indigenous. Natural dyes used in handlooms, well-crafted threadwork, adorning carpets have all been my inspiration. That’s how my artworks exist today with a variety of mediums. It becomes evident that my artwork is linked deeply to my land, my region, my culture and not just represents a school of thought”.
Akram’s uncle Asmatullah also used to paint, which also created a deep impression on him and he recalls that once he got hold of a red/blue pencil from uncle’s possessions and he started making drawings with it on walls in his home, and also in school.
After passing matric, he moved to Quetta where a contact introduced him to a carpet manufacturer. He luckily gained the task to design the carpets, in which he introduced local motifs instead of the common motifs that were drawn from other countries. It met with appreciation and success and the interest in arts grew further. Soon, Akram learnt about the evening classes being held at Arts Council, Quetta, which he joined. These classes led to the motivation of joining NCA, Lahore in 1978, from where he graduated in 1983, with painting as a major subject.
Akram’s continued success and progress with different mediums in art, made him the role model for his family. Jamil Baloch was next to follow the path laid by him. Jamil started as a landscape painter but has become a leading sculptor of the country after graduating from NCA, Lahore in 1997 and now teaching the subject at the College.
Jamil believes that we all owe a debt to the soil and our birthplace, which should be returned. With this concern, he often keeps the land, the people, and environment as a focus in his works (both sculptures and paintings), which also often portrays different behaviors of a society. His work often has socio-political, critical and even have taunting tones.
Faheem Baloch, the third brother was next to graduate with a Bachelors degree in Fine Arts (BFA) in 2004, which he acquired from University of Balochistan, (UOB) in Quetta. The landscape of Balochistan became his inspiration for paintings; however, he also makes sculptures and does wood carvings with figurative works. Jabal Baloch, son of the fourth brother Dr. Sarfaraz Baloch, was the fourth individual to join the family art group with BFA from UOB in 2012. He mainly dwells in figurative paintings.
Saud Baloch and Rahim Baloch (both sons of Akram’s cousins), started their studies from UOB, but moved to NCA, Lahore, after completing the third year in Quetta. Both graduated in 2013. Saud did major in Sculpture, but he also does paintings, drawings and print making. Rahim Baloch chose miniature painting as his subject. His current work is philosophical, a journey which starts from vacuum and ends at filling about blankness with designs and images.
Mary Baloch (wife of Jamil) and Doda Baloch (Akram sister’s son) have acquired no formal training in art, but are regular practitioners. Soon to join this unique family group will be Dostak Baloch (son of Akram) and Mahzeb (Doda’s sister) as both of them are currently studying at NCA. Lahore.
This exhibition records the variety of artwork of this unique Baloch family through a visual story which started about 5-6 decades back and will continue to enrich the art world, not only in Pakistan but throughout the globe.