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January 6, 2011
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A vibrant display of creative versatility

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January 6, 2011

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Islamabad
The exhibition of art works by eminent artists Akram Dost and Jamil Baloch titled ‘Tellings’ being held at Khaas Art Gallery showcases a vibrant display of creative versatility, redefining Pakistani art and identity.
Eminent art critic Marjorie Hussain describes the works of Akram Dost and Jamil Baloch as “a prime example of the versatility that is influenced by the stark realities of the world around them and often incorporated hints of satire while contemplating facts; a phenomenon that in future years might be seen as a radical shift in the art perception of Pakistan’s creative artists.” She also adds “The National Award winning brothers from Nushki proves their merit as two of the most gifted and original artists in the country.”
Akram Dost’s work is a comprehensive compendium and a unique blend of the intrinsic traditions and contemporary mode, portraying the ongoing issues that make-up the ancient area of Baluchistan. His work depicts an acutely perceived microcosm concerning the diverse assumptions that direct his artistic vocabulary, a creative discovery of a fascinating, deep-rooted culture manifestation in a diverse aesthetic expression. Addressing the human experience in all its fragility, Akram Dost chooses to express his emotions wrapped in complex relationship between varied creative disciplines and media through his work.
In his recent work, the artist reflects on the helpless victims of the all consuming flood, depicting human experience in all its fragility and portrayed in an ambience of enforced desperation. In diverse ways, humanistic values derive strength from the artist’s approach to weight, mass and colour. Through distortion of form challenging the narrative myths of the ideal body; he forces the observer to consider the demeaning circumstances that reinforce their humanity.
Jamil Baloch received recognition early on in his career, and he is recipient of several awards including First Prize in an

International painting competition of Islamic Holy Places held in Saudi Arabia, and an Honourable Mention at the International Art Biennale held in Bangladesh 2008. He is a passionate artist who superbly manipulates diverse disciplines and media to articulate his views, relishing the physicality of his work. He firmly believes that progress comes from practice not from words and theories, and for this artist, every stage of his work is a source of enjoyment. He works constantly and as a sculptor his penchant is for working on a large scale. During the inauguration of the National Art Gallery, Islamabad, he set up a number of ten-foot tall statues of black, Burqa clad figures at the entrance that combined to create a striking installation with numerous connotations.
His concerns for world issues are translated through vast canvases, installations, paintings, sculpture drawings and mixed media work. His recent linear, colourful wall based works seen in exhibition, exude dynamic creativity with an impact that draws the observer into the brilliant lines and depth of the artwork. In the work of Jamil Baloch, no matter how tough the message or how powerfully expressed, one will always find the presence of a very sensitive and caring artist. The exhibition continues at Khaas till January 15.

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