LAHORE - The artworks by the Government College University students got a big round of applause at the annual fine arts exhibition kicked off on Wednesday at the university’s Abdus Salam Hall.

GCU Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Khaleeq-ur-Rahman inaugurated the exhibition, showcasing more than 100 art pieces. Prominent artist Sadaqat Ali and Fine Arts Department Chairman Irfan Ullah Babar were also present there.

Speaking on the occasion, Prof Rahman said that fine arts open the minds of students in ways mere reading and writing can never be able to accomplish. He said that paintings unlock human imagination and enable us to see life and the world differently. He lauded the paintings put on display by the GCU Fine Arts students.

Sadaqat Ali and Irfan Ullah Babar also appreciated the artwork and said that the students of GCU are highly talented. They said that there are lot of variations in the young artists’ masterpieces.  A portrait of Qaid-i-Azam, made with pencil, remained the centre attraction at the exhibition, while other paintings, made in the mediums of acrylics, tempera, water colours, oil in monochrome, art of craft, calligraphy, 3D eye illusions, lead pencil, photography and digital art, were also highly appreciated.

A large number of painted greeting cards were also part of the exhibition besides ceramics and glass work. GCU Intermediate Part-I’s Ahsan Javed got first prize, Mohsin Attique got second, while Ali Noor lifted third prize. Intermediate Part-II’s Abdul Muneeb, Hassan Iqbal and Ayyaz Ahmad got first, second and third prizes respectively. M Umer Khan from BFA Part I and Tanzeel Uzzaman from BFA Part II also got distinctions.

Meanwhile, an inter-collegiate painting competition was also held at the university, in which six Lahore division colleges, including Govt Fatima Jinnah College Chuna Mandi (GFJCCM), Government APWA College for Women, Queen Mary College (QMC), Government College Model Town, Government College for Women Gulberg and Hazrat Ayesha Siddiqa Degree College participated.  QMC’s Fariha Mughal got first position, GFJCCM’s Hifza Khan stood second, while QMC’s Fatima Akram secured third position.