Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Introducing New Member: Mohammad Ali Bhatti

Name: Prof. Dr. Mohammad Ali Bhatti
Current City: Houston, Texas

Artist Statement:
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

Group Shows


  • 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
  • President. Sindh Artists Guild, Pakistan
  • Member, College Artists Association, USA
  • Member, Portrait Painters Association, USA
  • Member, Watercolor Painters Association, USA
  • Member, SAARC Painters Society, India

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