Alliance Francaise holds painting exhibition at AFK Gallery
By: Ahtesham Azhar
KARACHI: Alliance Francaise Karachi (AFK) recently organised an inspiring solo exhibition of paintings of renowned artist Shaheen Siddiqui at AFK Gallery.
Siddiqui started her art career before 1992. She has never done any degree or course in art field, however, her talent is the God gifted. She has done various solo exhibitions in the country and abroad as well. It was her 25th solo show. On the occasion, 35 paintings were on display featuring landscapes and figures. One of paintings entitled ‘Village Dam’ was depicting a rich culture of village women wearing yellow scarf with heavy make-up and decorating themselves with bangles and bindya as well.
Another painting entitled ‘You are welcome’ was depicting a woman covering herself in blue scarf, holding flowers bunch and welcoming someone with smiling face. Another painting entitled ‘Joy’ was representing a lady enjoying the situation or cheering on good news while dancing freely.
One more untitled painting was showing the culture of villages where women use to watch clothes or other stuff by sitting on the side of river. An untitled painting was presenting a cooking culture of village house where women use to cook food on wood fire while using mud-made dishes. An untitled landscape painting was expressing the view of forest with a large number of trees and yellow leafs lying on the surface. Another painting of landscape entitled ‘Love & Peace’ was showing a woman who has power to spread love and peace in the globe coming from sky in a white dress.
Talking to Daily Times, Siddiqui said that she had displayed two types of works, including landscape and figures.
Landscapes consist of sea, ottoman and others while figures were of village women, she said. Siddiqui said, “My technique of work is semi-abstract, expression and pointillism,” adding that she used her thumb and hand rather than brush while doing figures painting to create and bring softness on faces.
Siddiqui said that she had done 25th solo shows in Islamabad, Karachi, Lahore and other cities of the country. Siddiqui was of the view that she had also arranged exhibitions in Italy, Paris and other countries of the world. Besides this she also wrote five poetry books.
At the exhibition, one of her paintings – ‘Tribute to Sadquain’ – was figures of three persons. Siddiqui commented on the painting that it was a small part of a large Sadquain painting, which was on seventeen figures.