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The sights and scenes of Karachi


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Night view from Saddar (oil on canvas)

KARACHI: The kind of work that artist Hanif Shehzad does can only be attributed to inordinate affection for his subjects. In the present case, it is the city of Karachi, especially its older neighbourhoods. His skill as a painter obviously helps in highlighting his affection. His strokes brim with life and the colours that he uses have a language of their own.

An exhibition of Hanif Shehzad’s recent works opened at Chowkandi Art Gallery on Tuesday. All the 25 pieces (oil on canvas and oil on paper) are basically a depiction of how the artist sees Karachi.

One thing that comes out of his works quite clearly is the sweet nostalgia that one feels when one visits older precincts of the city.

This nostalgia has a certain progression to it, which means while he does like to think of the past, he would not remain there and would want to move ahead with time without compromising on the city’s yesteryear glory.

The first piece ‘Night View from Saddar’ speaks volumes for Hanif Shehzad’s ability to draw a picture and then add imaginative elements to it. The yellow street light at night-time gives the feeling as if the sun never sets on Karachi.

The posture of the man on the motorbike is so real that it almost looks like a frozen shot from a film.

In ‘Dusty Night 2’, he displays his talent with the brush and creates a fuzzy effect that is unlike Karachi’s climatic character yet very much like its psychological mood — the reference is to the murkiness of its socio-cultural milieu.

Mohatta Palace moonlight (oil on canvas)

Hanif Shehzad paints a distinctive picture of ‘Mohatta Palace Moonlight’ (one of the city’s known architectural wonders). The artwork imparts a dreamy feel to the building with thick foliage in the foreground and the domed structure in the background.

A market in PECHS (oil on canvas)

Not that the show is a trip down memory lane, the artist has also drawn some of the relatively newer areas or those localities that developed much later. ‘Jheel Park PECHS’ is one exhibit that provides the viewer with a contemporary feel and yet it does not lose out on the vintage vibe of Karachi.

The exhibition will remain open till Sept 11.

Comments (15) Closed

MOHAMMAD Sep 07, 2012 07:10am
beautiful, wonderful
marryam sajid Sep 05, 2012 01:00pm
its owsum! the light effect, architecture, color mixing, and the whole environment is creates skill fully. i m also an artist, and can also judge worth of these paintings!
khan in chandler Sep 05, 2012 02:08pm
Really wow!!!!!!!!!!!!
HM, Canada Sep 05, 2012 07:19pm
Does it really represent saddar???
sami Sep 06, 2012 10:10pm
Where and how can anyone order prints?
Prashanth Sep 06, 2012 01:54am
Well done. This looks like a beautiful series of paintings. Citizens need more forums such as art to interact with each other, irrespective of religious and cultural differences. Sports is another such forum. These should be encouraged at the national and international level. These pictures are very evocative and convey a deep sense of affection towards the city. Well done again.
aij9 Sep 05, 2012 07:15pm
Had Vincent Von Gogh lived in Karachi, what happened with him in his end, would have taken place much earlier..
Muhammad waqas Sep 07, 2012 10:47am
its unbelievable.................... great
m s hanif Sep 05, 2012 06:35pm
how is it possible to get hold of hanif shahzad
Mishi Sep 06, 2012 04:42am
Really appreciateable, beautifuly painted.
adam memon Sep 05, 2012 02:10pm
old golden days of kalachi.
Vineeth Sep 05, 2012 08:53am
Dan Sep 05, 2012 11:16am
I do not know why we dont promote our artist's/painter's, instead when we think of art, it's that mona lisa painting or that scream painting etc that comes to the mind. We need to promote this 'desi art', really looks beautiful and cool. Good work.
Miks Sep 06, 2012 06:48am
What karachi probably looks like under a cloud of opium..
Anwer Sep 06, 2012 01:34am
Beautiful paintings depicting Karachi after hours!