By Rafiq Vayani
KARACHI: The opening of an exclusive art exhibition displaying the Paintings of A. Q. Arif took place at ARTCITI Gallery in the Bukhari commercial area of DHA Karachi. The launch event was attended by artists, art lovers, art collectors, general public and media.
In the work of A.Q. the relationship between form and the intermediate space endows his work with lyrical expression. The dreamy, beautiful landscapes, half imagined and half real almost echo the appearance of a mirage. The architectural elements in his work include domes and tall buildings that appear to speak of history while shimmering as reflected images in wide pools of water.
With numerous solo exhibitions to his credit in Pakistan and countries east and west, his work has been acclaimed internationally. In his art Arif appears to invite the viewer to a world of landscape touched by fantasy and unspoiled by human habitation. His mastery of the media creates scenes of beauty that appear to draw the viewer into their midst.
In November 2016, A. Q. Arif was one of a selected group of artists chosen to represent Pakistan at an exhibition held at Asia House, London. In A. Q. Arif’s work one discovers a distortion of reality symbolic of the distinguished artist’s inner vision.
The exhibition is scheduled to run for a week at ARTCITI and will conclude on the 9th of December 2017. It is a must-see for all art lovers, especially for those interested in viewing work of A. Q. Arif, the Paintings will leave a lasting impression. To some it would appear to be a déjà vu while others would find it an absorbing experience.
Pakistan is a country effervescing with richness in art and culture. ARTCITI, a Karachi based innovative art gallery adds flavor to this wealth by expanding local creativity and taking it to a global level. As a wide platform for promoting Pakistani art, ARTCITI aims to become an art powerhouse. With a state-of-the-art gallery and an impressive online portal, it provides an abundance of art to people all around the world.