Band Baaja Baaraat at IVS Gallery
Band Baaja Baaraat
a celebration of life, as we know it!
The show comprises works by 40 artists who have worked in pairs , on a feel good theme I gave them of BAND , BAAJA , BAARAAT.
on Wednesday, April 11, 2012 at 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm
the Show will countinue till April 28, 2012
AHMED ALI MANGANHAR
EHSAN UL HAQ
SARA KHAN (KARACHI)
R. M. NAEEM
NIZAKAT ALI DEPAR
ADEEL UZ ZAFAR
Indus Valley School of Art Architecture
St-33, Block-2, Scheme-5, Clifton,
Karachi – Pakistan.
The artist community, like all other communities, can be awfully fickle. They like to put the best of contemporary artists down, find faults in their work, badmouth their conduct and poke fun at their lifestyles. All of this usually happens behind their backs. Only a handful of sculptors and painters get applauded while they are alive. And Usman Ghauri was one such artist. There was, and still is, hardly anyone who criticised either his work or nitpicked his life.
It was on April 9, 2011, that Usman Ghauri died of a heart attack at the age of 41. The news of his death shocked the entire artist community in Pakistan. He had just begun to blossom as an artist. Ironically, a couple of months before his death, his metal work exhibited at the Koel Gallery as part of a display organised to celebrate the gallery’s second year of establishment as well as a solo exhibition at Canvas Gallery, was widely appreciated by art connoisseurs. His pieces ‘Airborne’ (steel, wood, acrylics) and ‘Winged Pleasure’ (resin, metal, acrylics) pleasantly surprised art lovers with their rich symbolism and neat craftiness. Ghauri’s paintings too had a distinct mark on them.
On April 11, 2012, a one-minute silence will be observed to remember Usman Ghauri at the opening of an art exhibition titled Band, Bajaa, Baaraat curated by Sameera Raja at the Indus Valley School Gallery. Talking to Dawn about Usman Ghauri, Sameera Raja said, “Usman was a dear friend, both of us were at NCA at the same time. He was one of the most wonderful people, always laughing. His laugh was contagious. He used to make all of us giggle at the drop of a hat. His death had completely shaken us all up. He has left behind three young children and a wife.
“Usman was a printmaker by profession. He experimented with different media: woodwork, embroidery, installations, sculptures, paintings… he was a growing artist. He never thought he had arrived. He had the perseverance required for a good artist. If something didn’t work, he would talk about it. He was open to people’s critiques, which is a huge thing. I have no doubt that had he lived longer, he’d have definitely achieved more,” said Sameera Raja.
Art Chowk Gallery Director Shakira Masood said, “I liked his work a lot. I picked his work and sold a lot of it. When he passed away we had about five or six of his artworks with us. He was a nice person. He died at a very young age. The one important thing about him is that he had a great following of both admirers of his work and students. If he had lived longer, he
would have gone up. He was climbing; he’s the league of Jabbar Gul and Moeen Faruqi.”
Usman Ghauri taught at the Indus Valley School of Art and Architecture. He was equally famous among his students. Salman Hassan, now a recognised artist, was one of his many students. He said, “Usman Ghauri was an excellent teacher because he was extremely dedicated. Not only did he know his art well, he also gave a lot of attention to his students. He taught us how to get out of troubles unscathed. Once I was going through a difficult period in life with respect to my work, he helped me get out of that troublesome phase.”