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Pakistan Press Foundation

A specimen of innovative art

Pakistan Press Foundation

Karachi: The Grandeur Art Gallery in the Defence Housing Society on Thursday was host to an exhibition of unique and innovative art by a young artist, Cyra Ali.

Based on 20 specimens, the exhibition has on display cushions bearing works of well-known artists, both of the past and present belonging to Pakistan as well as other countries, including Sadequain and Van Gogh.

Titled the “Museum Collection”, the exhibition is a selection of hand embroidered cushions inspired by some of the world’s most famous paintings. Each stroke of the brush is skilfully reinterpreted in thread. Each cushion is enhanced by the unique style of the artisan.

To explain the genesis of the group, in 2012 Cyra Ali, a graduate of the Indus valley School of Art and Architecture (IVS), in association with a group of artisans, founded the House of Cali aimed at celebrating and promoting artistry of local craftsmen and artisans, reviving and preserving techniques of handed-down hand embroidery.

Embellished with unique designs the cushions really radiate a very lively effect. The designs could certainly be rated as innovative, creative, and exquisite.

Some of the really innovative and impressive designs at the show are, “Irises”, by the Dutch Artist Van Gogh, “The Kiss”, by Gustav Klimt, and Sadequain’s “Woman in the Mirror”. Works of the late Bashir Mirza, once a flamboyant character of Karachi social circuit, are also on display.

Cyra has impressive antecedents to speak for her. A graduate of the prestigious Grammar School, Karachi, she later on earned a degree in Fine Arts, from the Indus Valley School of Art and Architecture. She was awarded an overall distinction and was the recipient of the Abu Shamin Award. Later, she participated in a number of group shows both within the country and overseas, including New York. Her works were also exhibited at the Art India Fair, 2013. The exhibition runs up until August 30 (Saturday).

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