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- Monday, October 28, 2013 - From Print Edition




A beautiful merger of traditional and contemporary calligraphy was showcased at an exhibition titled ‘Harf-e-Raaz’ opening at Aqs Art Gallery.


Featuring the work of two young artists Mahjabeen Mirza and Rabia Malik, the works on display charmed the audience for vibrant expressions and creative aura of new skill and techniques wrapped in the traditional dynamics of calligraphy.


The exhibition was inaugurated by Syrian Ambassador Dr Ali Muhra with words of praise for the vibrant art works by both artists.


Both Graduates from the National College of Arts, Mahjabeen Mirza and Rabia Malik’s work on display complements each other in their creative style and sensibilities in a perfect way. Rabia follows a mild yet radiating earthen and somewhat botanical feel splashed in liberal use of red, orange, mustard and green contrasted with dominant but precise black strokes. Sharing her aesthetic ideas, Rabia explains that she has experimented with the background, the composition and colours, which appears to the viewers as very spontaneous. With a self-possessed creative control reflecting in her works, Rabia says that she is still exploring the medium to develop her style with brush strokes and Arabic script to make each letter come alive with emotive feelings.


Mahjabeen Mirza has also taken an experimental route with a palette of bold neon and candy colours, contrasted with thick black or chunky gold leaf. Sharing her creative thought process, Mahjabeen said that instead of staying confined to the traditional calligraphic school of thought, she has tried to infuse the pieces with her own style to make them unique, discovering new forms and shades in her works.


Taking pride in their creative inspiration and association with great calligraphist’s like Rasheed Butt and Gauhar Kalam, both artists have explored simple techniques instead of going in to complex abstracts to define their work, making their subject matter appear vibrantly alive to the viewers.


The curator of the gallery, Kiran A Mohsin described the exhibition as unique face of Pakistani art world today shaped by the dynamic and diverse creative expressions of young emerging artists. She said that both artists have a lot to communicate through their lively self-expression and individual style to the art connoisseurs.


The exhibition would continue at Aqs till November 15.