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Representational is not a Dirty Word (Dec 4th – 19th, 2010)

Posted in Exhibitions by ps31 on December 3, 2010

Ever since the 80’s, in Pakistan Representational Art has had to fight for legitimacy as a genre. It was first denigrated by Zia’s pseudo Islamist policies which favoured calligraphy and abstraction over representational work. In the more recent shift towards the conceptual, “representational” is a term assigned almost pejoratively to work whose primary interest is form, even so when the concerns in some work are not altogether divested of meaning or narrative. This show seeks to “represent” four artists who enjoy working in the representational genre because “representational” is not a dirty word. The artists are Madiha Hyder, Durrab Tariq, Saleem Ansari and Farazeh Syed.

Madiha Hyder. Mad World (A). 2010. Graphite and charcoal powder, pencils, conte, newspaper clippings on canvas. 4ft x 3ft.

Madiha Hyder. Mad World (B) (dyptich). 2010. Graphite and charcoal powder, pencils, conte, newspaper clippings on canvas. 6ft x 4ft. red dot

Madiha Hyder. Mad World (C). 2010. Graphite and charcoal powder, pencils, conte, newspaper clippings on canvas.      3 ft x 4ft. red dot

Madiha Hyder. Mad World (D). 2010. Graphite and charcoal powder, pencils, conte, newspaper clippings on canvas.   4ft x 3ft. red dot

Madiha Hyder. Mad World (E). 2010. Graphite and charcoal powder, pencils, conte, newspaper clippings on canvas.   3ft x 4ft.

Durrab Tariq. Untitled. 2010. Oil on canvas. Diameter: 42inches.

Durrab Tariq. Untitled. 2010. Oil on canvas. Diameter: 17.5inches. red dot

Durrab Tariq. Untitled. 2010. Oil on canvas. Diameter: 26inches.red dot

Durrab Tariq. Untitled. 2010. Oil on canvas. Diameter: 31inches.

Durrab Tariq. Untitled. 2010. Oil on canvas. Diameter: 31 inches.

Durrab Tariq. Untitled. 2010. Oil on canvas. Diameter: 40inches.

Durrab Tariq. Untitled. 2010. Oil on canvas. Diameter: 28.75inches.

 Saleem Ansari. Banyan 2. 2010.Wood cut. 11in x 23.5in.

Saleem Ansari. Banyan 5. 2010. Wood cut. 18in x 29.5in.

Saleem Ansari. Banyan 4. 2010. Wood cut. 15in x 29in.

Saleem Ansari. Banyan 1. 2010. Wood cut. 11.5in x 35in.

Saleem Ansari. Banyan 3. 2010. Wood cut. 15in x 25in.

Saleem Ansari. Banyan 6. 2010. Wood cut. 15in x 29.5in.

Farazeh Syed. Saima. 2010. Oil on canvas. 36in x 30in.

Farazeh Syed. Sonia.  2010. Oil on canvas. 30in x 36in.

Farazeh Syed. Noori 3. 2009. Oil on board. 24”x30”.

Farazeh Syed. Noori 4.  2009. Oil on canvas.  24”x30”.

Farazeh Syed. Noori 5.  2009. Oil on canvas.  30”x36”.

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