FAP exhibits art of three budding sculptors
By: Ahtesham Azhar
KARACHI: Fine Arts Pakistan (FAP), a local art gallery, on Tuesday organised a group exhibition of three eminent sculptors, Akbar Khan, Latif Ghori and MK Saleem.
Khan started his career as a theatre actor and then directed for television and stage. At the same time, he sculptured different mediums including stone, marble, wood and mix. His 81 sculptures including large, medium and small ones were on display at reasonable prices on this occasion. Some of them were calligraphy on steel. His best sculpture, ‘Mother & Child’ was a stone crafted in sophisticated cuts and designs. Khan’s small and medium sculptures were based on different themes including dancing girls and leisureliness.
Talking to the Daily Times, he said that the sculptures on display were his struggle of a year. “Sculpturing depends on my mood. Whenever I feel like doing it, I just start doing it,” he added. Khan expressed his joy over the keen response of people. He has done four solo shows besides various group exhibitions in the past six years.
Sculpturing for the first time, Saleem has been engaged with art since 1988. He has done a four-year diploma in arts from Central Institute of Arts and Crafts, Arts Council of Pakistan. On the occasion, he had his seven sculptures on display. His works were calligraphy only on two mediums including fiberglass and white cement. The best part about his sculptures was that they seemed to be broken pieces of wall.
He also put up names of Almighty Allah, Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) and different holy verses in his sculptures. Saleem said that he had completed the sculptures in six to seven months. I have received pleasing applause from the audience here, he added. “The government is not taking any positive measures to promote art,” he said, adding that high-ups should provide opportunities to the artists.
Ghori, an emerging sculptor, set his major theme as revolution. His inspirations were human nature, system, culture and spiritualism. His work was distributed in four forms including wire, stone, wood and chalks work. Ghori presented the small sculptures of blackboard chalks. He beautifully shaped the chalks of human, which were covered with glass. Ghori’s chalk and wood sculptures depicted that people become prisoners because of their wants and desires.
Ghori also exhibited the sculpture of wood, which expressed a village woman covered with scarf from one side. The most amazing work of Ghori was a wire sculpture depicting a woman, who became prisoner on the pretext of veil instead she had talent to do something. Ghori designed it with black and golden wire, black wire depicts her veil and golden wire showed her talent.
Ghori said, “I am very happy as people appreciated my theme. I have used scarf in my sculpture, which is my favourite for being a part of our culture. However, woman should adopt the scarf willingly while forcing someone into anything is not right.”
Commenting on the work of artists, Director FAP Gallery, Asma Ahmed said that they did an amazing job, as people in large numbers were present to watch the marvelous work. “It’s an honour for us to exhibit the real talent,” she added. The exhibition will continue till July 21.