ISLAMABAD - Many artists paint the city they live in to show others its surroundings, culture and the social life that prevails around them. In this way, they also capture the life at the moments they saw it with a perspective they felt at that specific time. Depicting their respective cities as they saw them, Nomad brings three artists Dr Ajaz Anwar from Lahore, Ghalib Baqir from Karachi and Ghulam Shabbir from Pesahwar to showcase their best of the art works to the Islooites. An exhibition of paintings entitled 'my city will take off today (Monday) at Nomad Art Galley, Saidpur village, F-6/2 off Margallah Road, at 6 pm. Nageen Hyat, Director Nomad Art Galley and curator of the exhibition, says while curating this exhibition she kept in mind the changes that have been occurred in Pakistan since the 1980s to the recent times in respect to cultural, political and social aspects. On viewing the collective works, it was important for us to realise that the artists sometimes project an idealistic visual environment within their personal style of aesthetic expression, she says adding, painting the visuals very sensitively and in there pure forms. Art lovers can see two wonderful water colour paintings by Dr Ajaz Anwar that reflect that interior Lahore as the artist could see it. Both paintings are priced at Rs. 300,000 each, whereas the large prints of the paintings by the artist are also available at Rs. 1500 each. 'Reminiscences of Old Lahore, a hardbound book by Dr Ajaz Anwar is also available for those who want to read the history and culture of old Lahore as narrated and painted by the artist. Dr Ajaz Anwar says that Lahore, the cultural capital of Pakistan, is today infested lop-sided psychopaths, who in all their ignorance want to destroy what our authors had so painstakingly put together over the centuries to give it a typical oriental look. My humble endeavour is to highlight the glory in peril. We shall not let the forces of ignorance destroy the tranquillity of it, says Dr Ajaz Anwar. He says the light and shade falling over the projecting jharokas and the textured masonry with people in the streets below, dealing in harmony, need all our protection, morally and practically against the bigotry. Dr. Ghulam Shabbir has put on display his 14 paintings which are mostly painted in water colour and some in addition of wash technique. His forms varies from realistic to semi-realistic and impressionism. The flow of stroke shows his command over the usage of water colour and control over his strength of stroke. In his some of his paintings he has created the dreamy effects with the wash technique, which are also enriched with the source of light skilfully. From roadside cafes to ruins and the architecture are the main subjects of the artists. His wonderful work is priced quite reasonably that ranges from Rs. 22,000 to Rs. 35000. Dr Ghulam Shabbir says that Peshawar is one of the seven oldest cities in the world. The lives and culture of Peshawar has evolved over thousands of years. Until recently people of Peshawar used to do business on the one hand with Russia and on the other with India, he noted adding, the change of the kings and stars has had deep effect on the fortunes of this city and its people. Dr Ghulam Shabbir narrates that when business was thriving in 17th and 18th centuries, the Peshawaris built large and small beautiful houses along the brick lined streets. A beautiful, soft and tolerant culture grew in these houses and streets, he adds saying, but by the same token Peshawar and its natives suffered tremendously as well by the Bolshevik revolution of Russia and the Russian invasion of Afghanistan. I was born in Peshawar and have lived here for the most part of my life. I have portrayed the life of my city and its people as it once was, as I remember it from my childhood and as I wish it to be. Thus each piece of my work is backed by a story from down the memory lane, Dr. Ghulam Shabbir says while briefing about his paintings. Peshawar was and is famous for Qissa Khwani bazaar (the storytellers street) and the qissa khwans (the storytellers). The artists wish to be considered as one of the storytellers of Qissa Khwani Bazaar that was famous for more romantic reasons in the past, but sadly now it is in news for bomb blasts, killings and death and destruction of its buildings. Ghalib Baqir is the painter of some of the landscapes and major milestone places of the Karachi including Manora Lighthouse, Empress Market and Railway steam engine in more of impressionism in oil on canvas. His two paintings are in mixed-media on paper and they are Red Road I & II. The pallet he has used creates more romantic air all around. Ghalib Baqir says that his recent paintings on Karachi are a bid to pay tribute to the great artist Van Gogh. My work reaches this stage through a long journey, and this change is a reason in itself for growth of my approach towards art and life, he adds saying, steam engine was painted in my student life in 1975 in water colour while Manora Light Tower, Empress Market and City and Night in 1983 in water colour too and exhibited in his first solo show. But, he repainted these subjects with poetic exaggeration in oil on canvas.