Painting portraits is my passion. I started drawing when I was two years old and since then, making pictures has been at the core of my existence. As I grew up, I was privileged to work with some of the most accomplished portrait painters as their apprentice. During my training, I learned every technical and aesthetic aspect of portrait painting.I have been blessed with a gift, and it’s incredibly satisfying to know that I can use my talent to bring joy into the lives of others. My art circles around the people of various cultures, as it is often the vehicle which relays the connection.
Portraits are a predominant part of my work as I am fascinated and challenged by the changes in age, experience, the environment, lighting, and background.Every portrait I paint provides me with the opportunity to create a work of art that exhibits both beauty and timelessness.
The physical process of applying paint with a brush creates a dynamic energy that is impossible to replicate through any mechanical process. I encourage my subjects to pose from life, as often as their schedules can permit, because it gives me time to get to know them better. Working from direct observation gives me the opportunity to observe and incorporate more subtle tones of form and color into my painting. For me, the process of painting from life is incredibly exciting, but I understand that in today’s world, it’s not possible for most people to devote the time necessary to have their portraits done entirely from live sittings. Therefore, I have dedicated myself to perfecting my photographic skills in order to ensure that my reference materials provide me with the very best possible visual information to work from.It’s exciting to consider the possibility that one day my painting may become a cherished heirloom, providing deep meaning for many generations to come.
1998 PhD in Interdisciplinary Arts
School of Interdisciplinary Arts, Ohio University, Ohio, USA
1991 MFA Painting Major, Edinboro University of Pennsylvania, USA
1978 MA Fine Arts, University of Punjab, Lahore, Pakistan
1974 BA Fine Arts, University of Sindh, Jamshoro, Pakistan
1978-1988 Professor and Director, Institute of Art and Design, University of Sindh, Pakistan.
1988-1990 Served as Curator, Fine Art Gallery, Edinboro University of Pennsylvania, USA.
1991-1992 Assistant Prof. Department of Fine Arts, Ohio University Athens, (Teaching responsibilities: Drawing, Painting and Art History)
1993-1995 Teaching Assistant- School of Comparative Arts, Ohio University, Athens (Teaching responsibilities: Painting, and Humanities through the Arts)
1993-1995 Assistant Professor, School of Fine Art, Ohio University Southern Campus, Ironton (Teaching responsibilities: Drawing, Painting, and Humanities through the Arts)
2003-2006 School of Art, University Sains Malaysia (Contract)
2007-2011 Institute of Art and Design, University of Sindh, Pakistan.
Selected Solo Shows
2016 “Splendours of color” Two Man at Ocean Gallery Karachi
2016 Fist Prize winner at Water Color Society Houston TX
2016 Honorable Mention 16th International Water Color Competition Houston
2015 Nomad Art Gallery Islamabad
2014 “Empty Souls” Momart Art Gallery, Karachi
2013 “Spirited Hues” Mussawir Art Gallery Dubai
2013 “Absurd Illusions” at Nomad Art Gallery Islamabad
2012 “Silent Symphonies” at Collectors Galleria, Lahore
2012 “Simple Improvisations” at Ocean Gallery, Karachi
2010 “Sounds of Colors” at Revivers Galleria, Lahore
2009 “Realistic Expressions” at Gallery 6, Islamabad
2009 “Colors of the Indus” at Chowkandi Art Gallery, Karachi
2008 French Consulate gallery, Karachi
2008 “Impressions of Nepal” Sidharatha Art Gallery Nepal,
2007 University of Sindh, Old Campus, Hyderabad
2007 Majmua Art Gallery Karachi
2005 Dr. Suchart Art Gallery, Bangkok, Thailand
2004 Diwan Budaya, Pennang, Malaysia
1996 International Art Gallery, Athens, Ohio, United States
1993 Hamilton Art Gallery, Edinboro University of Pennsylvania, United States
1991 Love Land Art Gallery Edinboro University of Pennsylvania, United States
1990 Erie Museum of Art, Erie Pennsylvania, United States
1990 One Man Show at St. Louis Art Gallery, St. Louis, United States
1987 Sindh Artists Guild, International Art Exhibition, Hyderabad
1983 “Unveiling of a creative portrait of Shah Abdul Latif Bhitai,” Institute of Sindhology, Jamshoro
1983 One Man Show at Pakistan Council of the Arts, Karachi
1982 American Centre, Hyderabad
1981 Institute of Sindhology, Jamshoro
1978 University of Punjab, Lahore
Member, Board of Governor, National College of Arts, Lahore
Member, Board of Directors, SITCO (Sindh Indigenous and Traditional Craft Company)
Member Board of Governor, Centre of Excellence Art and Design, Mehran University