LAHORE - The 32nd Annual Art Exhibition by Artists Association of Punjab, showcasing 250 works of 200 artists from all over the country, began at Alhamra Arts Gallery on Thursday. The exhibition was divided into three sections – general artwork, peace and art veterans of Pakistan. The exhibition was inaugurated by former foreign minister Sardar Aseff Ahmed.

Speaking on the occasion, Artists Association of Punjab Chairperson Mian Ijaz ul Hassan said, “The reason we divided this exhibition into three sections was that we want the young generation to know about the art of the legends. The work of old master includes Ustad Allah Bux, Shakir Ali, AR Chigtai, Sadeqain, Gulgee, Moene, Najmi, Khalid Iqbal, AJ Shemza, Ali Imam and Ghulam Rasul. The exhibition shows the diversity in Pakistani art. The art on display experiments in themes and techniques,” he said.

Artist Zulfiqar Ali Zulfi said, “My work highlights the culture of Lahore focusing on Walled City and panoramic view of its buildings.  I have been painting for the past two years.”

Amna I Pataudi said, “I have highlighted the issue of Kasur incident through my painting,” Amna said.

Sufi Waqar’s painting of the old building of Lahore Arts Council was also exhibited in the old masters of Pakistan section. Sufi Waqar can be considered the richest phenomenon that distinguishes different aspects of a culture from each other, as well as differentiating it from other cultures prevalent elsewhere in the world phrase. He has given our country much in the way of cultural traditions and in essence.

Sadequain Naqqash painting was a treat for the art lovers.  Sadequain was a painter of the expression of reality. He was credited for the revival of Islamic calligraphy in Pakistan. He transformed the art of calligraphy into serious expressionist paintings.

In 1960 he received Tamgah-e-Imtiaz from government of Pakistan.

Seminar

The Artist Association of Punjab in collaboration with Lahore Arts Council are organizing a seminar titled ‘In search of History’ at Alhamra Hall III today. Aitzaz Ahmed Sebatir and Mian Ijaz ul Hassan will preside the seminar. The exhibition will remain on display till 17th.