AQ Arif’s exhibition in Lahore

In one of the paintings, the artist has portrayed some historic buildings of the Mughal era, which are decaying with the passage of time. Stagnant water along the boundary wall of the building is portrayed skillfully. The painting is eye-catching owing to its graphic description. It hints towards the fact that historic monuments are not being taken care of and are being ruined. Artist Shaukat Rizvi said, “The strokes in Arif’s work give the paintings a luminous, mystic and dream-like looks.”Decaying natural beauty preserved on the canvas

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LAHORE: An exhibition of paintings by AQ Arif opened at the Native Art Gallery on Friday.

The artist’s work aims at highlighting the decay of natural beauty. Landscapes portrayed are real, but the artist has added his creativity to show how skyscrapers and plazas are replacing natural sights. Yellow color is dominating in all the paintings, which refers to the autumn, and has given a gloomy look to the work. A ‘dome’ is present in all the paintings, which stands for the artist’s attachment to historic monuments. Artist Shahid Iqbal said, “Arif seems obsessed with the dome symbol. The work is simple, but lacks depth.”

He said the artist had taken inspiration from the historic monuments and used small objects like windows and domes in his mixed media paintings. “The mosaic effect in some of the paintings is good, but lacks originality,” he said.

In one of the paintings, the artist has portrayed some historic buildings of the Mughal era, which are decaying with the passage of time. Stagnant water along the boundary wall of the building is portrayed skillfully. The painting is eye-catching owing to its graphic description. It hints towards the fact that historic monuments are not being taken care of and are being ruined. Artist Shaukat Rizvi said, “The strokes in Arif’s work give the paintings a luminous, mystic and dream-like looks.”

He said the paintings were pleasing and anybody would like to have them. “At times, they tend to look similar, yet they are different,” he added.

AQ Arif told Daily Times that nature had always been a source of inspiration for him. “I try to highlight its importance through my work. I believe development is good, but it should not be at the cost of our historic monuments,” he said, adding, “Plazas are engulfing landscapes, and to serve them on the canvas might help create awareness about ecology.”

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2 responses to “AQ Arif’s exhibition in Lahore

  1. Brilliant and praiseworthy. Better for learning and easy to understand.

  2. i like your work very because i am archi. student in nca lahore and i also like mugal architecture .

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