Triptych of Friends opens
KARACHI: A group exhibition titled Triptych of Friends opened at the Clif ton Art Gallery on Thursday.[TOP]
As the name suggests, the show features three artists, and these three individuals Ustad Bashir Ahmad, Saeed Kureshi and Chitra Pritam need no introduction. They are painters of renown.
There`s a decent variety of Ustad Bashir`s work on display. But what needs to be highlighted here is his equestrian-themed `Overtake` series (mixed media on paper). How many times have art lovers seen horses being painted or sculpted? Answer: countless. Why? Answer: because horses symbolise power, poise and freedom. The Ustad also brings in history to blend with (his) art in a seamless way. The history that the artist is trying to depict is of a region that the viewer can relate to or iden-tify with. However, he never lets his craf t get overshadowed, literally and figuratively, by the unmissable subject matter.
Kureshi focuses on faces and places. He too deals with the historicity of his protagonists, with a difference. While he does give hints of thelocale thathe sets his characters in, it is their postures and expressions that give away their disposition. He calls one such piece `Contemplative Glance` (oil on canvas). Indeed, it is a contemplative glance. The thing to be examined is that the character is looking away from the frame, as if there`s a quest, a search for something/someone is on. This makes contemplation turn into longing.
Pritam speaks a totally different, and equally delightful, language. His landscapes are a treat to lay your eyes on for multiple reasons. First of all, they are a celebration of colours.
Secondly, rural life, with all its tran-quil gloriousness, takes centre stage in his artworks. And thirdly, despite being captured as paintings, they depict life in motion a beautiful and purelife.
The exhibition will continue until March 1.