Works that don’t cost a fortune
Driven by the idea of affordable art, dozens of collectors and art connoisseurs gathered on Sunday in an art bazaar at Gallery 6. The bazaar gave them the opportunity to browse a vast arena of art. works of art ranging from paintings, prints and sculptures to photographs and calligraphy at reduced prices.
“The concept of an art bazaar is common abroad. It’s refreshing to see such an event finally unfold here. It helps buy the works of art that they couldn’t afford before, while also allowing young artists to showcase their work, ”said one foreigner, who wished not to be named.
The bazaar presented the works of 30 artists. The collection included some of the gallery’s stock and fresh pieces from recent graduates, up-and-coming local artists and masterpieces from famous artists like Sadequain, Ghulam Rasool and Mansur Aye.
Sitting outside, Shireen Gheba exhibited his paintings of urban and rural landscapes, mainly in the sense of Impressionism. “The places are a combination of imagination and reality. I used several sketches to form a composition, ”she said.
Young students from the National College of Arts, Zara and Rabia, brought something new to the table. There was a mesh of silkscreen prints on suede, digital prints on fabric, and photographs among handmade rugs. “We’ve even done embroidery and digital printing on fabrics,” Zara said, displaying a range of carefully embroidered artwork.
Then there was the ceramic calligraphy of Madiha Riaz. Crafted to perfection, his pieces drew a large crowd. A woman quickly decided on a place to hang a piece of cream and blue calligraphy in her home.
In the basement of the gallery, Summayah Khan, an artist, easily opened up a large portfolio of engraving colography pieces that could also be sold individually. Each room included architectural sites in monochrome colors of brown. “These are places in the older neighborhoods of Rawalpindi. I visited every site and worked a lot to compile this portfolio, ”she said.
From Rs 1,000, the prices rose to Rs 650,000. The highest price was obtained by Mansur Aye’s coin for Rs125,000.
“The art bazaar was very successful, we didn’t expect to attract so many people, especially on a Sunday morning. But there was no place to stand once it started, ”said Dr Arjumand Faisal, gallery owner, curator and poet, returning from his recent visit to New Delhi where he exhibited works by famous Pakistani art. He wants to take the works of art to other cities around the world.
Famous calligrapher Rasheed Butt did calligraphy for free.
Posted in The Express Tribune, March 18e, 2013.