24 September, 2011

Artists depict the beauty of Potohar region

Published in Pakistan Observer (24 Sept. 2011)
Sana Jamal

Islamabad – A captivating exhibition titled
“Hues from Potohar” that opened at Pakistan National Council of the Arts (PNCA) display the work of prominent artists from the Islamabad and Rawalpindi depicting the splendor of Potohar region. The art show is featuring over 120 paintings and sculptures, based on imagery, striking bright tones, landscapes of Potohar region and vivacious hues weaved by artists of exquisite skills.

“The exhibition is a homage to all those who had been instrumental enriching the hues and colours of the plateau and giving Potohar a unique character of its own” said Nahid Imam, artist and director of visual arts at PNCA. On the opening day, a large number of participating artists as well as art lovers gathered at the National Art Gallery to get a glimpse of the remarkable art pieces that truly depict the Potohar’s rich historical and cultural heritage as well as its geography. Dr. Marilyn Wyatt, wife of the US Ambassador to Pakistan was also present on the occasion.

“After visiting this exhibition, I feel more proud to be part of the Potohar region – the land of lush green fields, glittering lakes, holy shrines and architectural monuments” commented Dr. Imtiaz Rasheed, an art lover.

The works of veteran late artists are on display under the different title ‘Celebrating the Celebrated’ and includes names such as Ahmed Pervaiz, Zubaida Agha, Ali Khan Sajjad, Jamila Masood, and Ghulam Rasul. The exhibit features masterpieces of some of the prominent artists of Pakistan including Mansur Rahi, Hajra Mansur, Misbahuddin Qazi, Mobina Zuberi, Naeem Pasha, Nargis Khalid, Changez Sultan and Tabassum Rizvi. Amongst the contemporary artist are Aasim Akhtar, Farah Mehmood Rana, Kasar Iqbal, Mehmood Ali, Zahra Kazmi, Shahnaz Akram, Aleem Dad Khan, Ambreen Hayyat, Anjum Ayub, Beenish Khalid, Fauzia Minallah, Manail Muneeb, Natalia Tariq, Nusratji, Rabia Malik, Shazieh Gorji.

Talking to Pakistan Observer, Hajra Mansur, a veteran artist said that “the huge number of artworks at the expo bear out the fact the twin cities possess great artists both fresh and experts, which will be a great contribution to Pakistan’s art and culture in the years to come.” 


“The expo is a wonderful collaboration of all forms of art as one can witness landscape, figurative, still life, drawing, miniature and also sculpture” said Farah Rana, an artist, who has exposed the issue of drone attacks in her miniature rendition on marble wasli.