Rawalpindi - A painting exhibition on modern miniature by a Lahore-based senior visual artist, author and art educationist Prof SM Mansoor started here at Rawalpindi Arts Council (RAC) yesterday.

The exhibition was inaugurated by Executive Director Punjab Council of Arts Chaudhry Asif Pervaiz.

SM Mansoor, who is considered among the inventors of modern miniature with 25 years practical experience, holds 24 solo and 10 group shows nationally and internationally and has a number of awards to his credit. Painting and teaching has been his family profession for the last many centuries. He belongs to the family of miniature artists of royal court of Patiala and his six generations had worked in the royal court as artist and art teacher. Mansoor is an author of four books including “Logos from Pakistan” and “Mansoor Miniature” which are internationally acknowledged.

He has not only been associated with art institutions in Pakistan but also in India. Thirty-seven art pieces on modern miniature have been showcased in the exhibition which portray current situation of the society.

Addressing at the inaugural ceremony, Chaudhry Asif Pervaiz said that the range of Mansoor’s experiments was amazing as he has used various tools to paint socially and politically relevant themes.

He said that Mansoor is precious asset of the country who has represented Pakistan internationally.

Naheed Manzoor was of the view that Mansoor’s images were thought-provoking and innovative and his colours are pleasing and soothing.

Resident Director RAC Waqar Ahmed thanking all the distinguished guests said that Mansoor has produced paintings that are alive with texture. The exhibition would remain open for visitors till 21st November.