Size - 39"x42"
Viewing the art of Abrar, one shares the enormous enjoyment the artist obviously relishes in the changing moods of colours. A self-taught artist in the tradition of Sadequain and Gulgee, Abrar freely delves into the romance of classical miniature painting, and fuses contemporary styles with stunning results. One discovers ethnic patterns, diverse textures and explosions of colours that are breath taking.
The artist's subject, a bejeweled and gracefully draped woman, is often the centre of composition that includes a musical instrument or birds for company. Perhaps these cameos refer to the romantic period of the Emperor Jehangir when times were peaceful and lovers- together and apart- appeared to be a favoured subject. Birds- the messengers of Mughal art- are familiars and obviously important to the sinuous forms that dominate the brilliant colouration and powerful textural interest of their settings.
One painting in particular that includes a musical instrument has a rhythmic pattern that dances across the surface of the work. Here the linear detail that is important to the artist is much in evidence. In the centre of the canvas the subject is seated on a wall composed of small dark tiles, the pattern intervenes with an exquisite blue vase and bright green leaves.
Abrar's work may be interpreted on historical or philosophical levels yet it is also the work of an imaginative min d and a deeply feeling creative individual. The artist related that his work is inspired by Urdu ghazals that are described as a poetic expression of the pain of separation from a loved one; certainly in Abrar's work it appears that every painting is a poem.
Date of Birth: 1953
One Men Shows
2016 Artciti Gallery Karachi.
2012 Ocean Art Gallery Karachi.
2012 Ocean Art Gallery Lahore.
2011 Nomad Art Gallery Islamabad
2008 Chawkandi Art Gallery Karachi.
2008 Nomad Art Gallery,Islamabad.
2007 Nomad Art Gallery,Islamabad.
2007 Bagash Art Gallery,Dubai.
2006 Nomad Art Gallery,Islamabad.
2005 Ejaz Art Gallery,Lahore
2005 Unicon Art Gallery,Karachi.
2005 Nomad Art Gallery,Islamabad.
2004 Hamail Art Galley,Lahore
2004 Nomad Art Gallery,Islamabad.
2003 Clifton Art Gallery,Karachi.
2003 Nomad Art Gallery,Islamabad.
2003 Ejaz Art Gallery,Lahore.
2002 Clifton Art Gallery,Karachi.
2002 Nomad art Gallery,Islamabad.
2001 The Art Gallery,Karachi.
2001 Nomad art Gallery,Islamabad.
2000 Ejaz Art Gallery,Lahore.
2000 Nomad art Gallery,Islamabad.
2000 Majmua Art Gallery,karachi.
2000 Nomad Art Gallery,Islamabad.
1998 Nomad Art Gallery,Islamabad.
1997 P/C Art Gallery,Karachi.
1996 V/M Art Gallery,Karachi.
1994 Clifton Art Gallery.
Two Man Shows:
2007 Light Gallery,London (with Jamal Ahmed, Bangladesh)
Selected Group Shows:
2014 ARTCITI Gallery, Karachi, Pakistan
2012 Mussawir Art Gallery Dubai
2007 “Winds Of Change”,at Gallery Pratidev London.
2007 Diva, New York, U.S.A
2006 Grand Hyatt Hotel,Dubai.
2006 Fine Art Gallery,Hong Kong.
2006 Bangash Art Gallery,Dubai.
2006 “Transcending Borders”,At ITC Mourya Shereton Dehli,India.
2006 Hotel Crown Plaza,Dubai.
2005 Hotel Crown Plaza,Dubai.
2000 French Alliance,Singapore.