A three-in-one event featuring an exhibition of paintings by Riffat Khattak, Asma Abbasi and Sehyr Qayum, an exhibition of jewellery and crafts by Asad ur Rehman and Azeem Iqbal and an exhibition of apparel in handloom cotton fabric with embroidery opens at the Nomad Art Gallery here today (Saturday).
Riffat Khattak is a freelance artist with a diploma in Fine Arts from the Peshawar University. He depicts various views of our surroundings such as landscape and people.
Asma Abbasi is trained at the Swain School of Design, Massachusetts, USA. She has been holding solo and group shows over the last several years, both locally and internationally. Her interest lies in landscapes, both watercolour and oil. She finds oil to be more rewarding as a medium, both visually and spiritually. Her paintings convey hope.
Seyhr Qayum is a fourth year student at Boston University. She is studying painting with a minor in art history. Coming to the jewellery and crafts section, it features the artistry of Asad ur Rehman, who is a French abstract expressionist painter, jewellery designer and sculptor of Pakistani origin. His pure silver jewellery with stones, coral, and pearls is exclusively designed. His work appears to be influenced by French artists. He believes abstract art is a way to achieve what is really important.
Azeem Iqbal, a well-known artist, has also designed exclusive jewellery with Islamic motifs. In his art pieces, he has used leather, metal, bamboo, lapis and different kind of rock stones. Moreover, an exclusively designed range of apparel in handloom cotton fabric with embroidery in a variety of colours will also be available. The initiative is meant to empower home-based women workers living in the area of Taxila and on the outskirts of Rawalpindi. The event will be held from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.