KARACHI - An Islamic Art and Calligraphic Exhibition was held at Defence Housing Authority Creek Club, DHA Phase-VIII on Wednesday. The exhibition exhibited the masterpiece works of talented artists Muhammad Shafique and Asif Ghazali. Sindh Education Minister Pir Mazhar-ul-Haq, chief guest at the occasion, said that in the present times of rampant militancy, terrorism and turmoil, organising creative and colourful events like art exhibitions would help in promotion of love, peace and tolerance in society. The Islamic art encompasses visual arts including oil paintings, calligraphy and ceramics, among others. It mainly focuses on the depiction of patterns and Arabic calligraphy. Calligraphic design is omni present in Islamic art and is visually expressed in a mix of Quranic verses and historical proclamations. Two of the main scripts involved are the symbolic Kufi and Naksh Scripts, which can adorn and enhance the visual appeal of the walls and domes of buildings. The works of the new artists include oil paintings on canvas and on paper. They also include calligraphic works of Quranic verses in oil painting, flowers and battle field scenes in oil painting on canvas. The artistic works have a lot of aesthetic attraction, fascination and visual charm par excellence. Mazhar highly appreciated the artistic works of the novel artists and commended the initiative of the organisers for holding a unique event. The Minister added that the painting and calligraphy displayed speaks of the skill and artistic passions of the emerging artists. He said that such events must be promoted and patronised at all levels and in all forms and manifestation. He reiterated that artists deserve all help and encouragement so that they could produce the best of masterpieces. The promoter of the event Brig (retd) Asif Ghazali said that the idea behind the exhibition was to revive the old Islamic art and calligraphy skills which had a very rich heritage. In todays world of high intensity media hype and electronics spearheading the modern research and development, the artists are considered to be peace lovers, balancing the progress. Such artists are vanishing in the background thus resulting into imbalance and unjust regime. It may be added that Muhammad Shafique started playing with colours from a very young age. He loves calligraphy and uses different mediums such as water colour, oil, using knife and charcoal and others in his works. Asif Ghazali, ex-Administrator DHA is a great admirer of painting and calligraphy. After retirement he pursued it as a passion and a hobbyist and produced some beautiful calligraphic art pieces which were put on the display show. Ghazali said that the earning through the exhibition would be spent to help the needy artist. A large number of people from all walks of life attended the exhibition.