Variable Viewpoint at Drawing Studio

Variable Viewpoint
Painting Exhibition
Beenish Usman
Kausar Iqbal
Muhammad Awais
on Friday 9 November, 2012 at 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm
the Exhibition will countinue till 17 November, 2012
Drawing Studio
23/28 Sikandar Malhi Road Gulberg II,
Lahore – Pakistan

Change-able view points on a picture plane to explain narrative scenes was a unique concept in Indian miniature painting as compared to the western linear perspective idea which facilitates to show large continuous space. The uses of Indian traditional way of narrating drawing scenes are still evident in the Pakistani contemporary art practices and since 1990s this genre has acclaimed success internationally. ‘Variable Viewpoint
’ is an exhibition of three young Pakistani artists, graduates of the National College of Arts (NCA), Lahore Pakistan, who are working in the genre of miniature painting.

Beenish Usman

Beenish Usman’s creative practice is a result of confrontation that has become a routine part of our daily lives. Barriers of various forms that are placed almost everywhere in the public spaces for security purposes in present socio-political situations are the objects drawn in Beenish’s work. These mundane objects are composed on mute landscapes which are minutely rendered in a floated manner on picture plane as background scenes. Beenish’s oeuvre expresses elements of beauty, tragedy, ugliness and funniness with conceptual rigor. Since her graduation in 2009, she is practicing art regularly and has had exhibited at national and international level.

Kausar Iqbal

Kausar Iqbal graduated in 2006 and presently teaching as a drawing instructor in Pakistan Institute of Fashion and Design, Lahore and has a number of group participation in international art galleries on his credit. In his works, Aasim Akhtar notices, the ground becomes a cosmos, a mist, or a map: this painted world evokes a habitat for ghostly creatures and a bestiary in his heavens. Kausar’s aptitude for pictorial delight and provocation can intoxicate, but he is more than a comic: he is an artist driven to solve a particular problem or to invent variation on given issues. The dramatic and narrative finesse of his work, and its relative accessibility, often obscure the fact that he is actually running this theatre, planning and building each of his pictures as a kind of experiment in staging and presentation. He explores ways to destabilize the familiar, to question protocols, and to side step the predictable and ordained in deft manoeuvres.

Muhammad Awais

Muhammad Awais graduated in 2009. He practices as sculptor and works as an illustrator and designer besides being a miniature painter. Awais’s work appears to be the embodiment of the element of contrast where imagery is rendered in opposite colour to the surface. His fluid and organic images float on the picture plane; motives of flower, fruits transformed into the shapes which have tension between reality and imagination.

Muhammad Ashraf
Galleriest, Curator, Painter

Assistant Professor,
Dept. of Architecture & Design, COMSATS, Lahore

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