Dar-e-Justuju - (16 - 22 Mar 2017)
Invites you to
an exclusive exhibition of Calligraphy at
16th - 22nd March 2017
16th March 2017
6pm - 8pm
Visit our gallery or view the virtual exhibition
About the Exhibition
An Aura of Soul
During the Ottoman period, calligraphy gained a very high standing in society and several women calligraphers flourished. In the sub-continent history there were many known women calligraphers who worked with heart and soul in this art and helped in spreading it in the region. The first Mughal emperor Babar's wife was a calligrapher and painter, Aurangzeb's daughter Mehar-un-Nisa Begum was also famous for practicing this art.
Calligraphy in the present age has become the most venerated form of Islamic art, and contemporary artists through their art create a new heritage of calligraphy. The new way of calligraphy - painterly calligraphy has lately been practiced by the calligraphers of our time, women and men both alike.
Mussarat Arif is one of the women calligraphers of our time who uses 'Kufi' form of calligraphy in her artworks with painterly touch. She produces calligraphic art governed by the principles of balance and proportion, rhythm and unity. She incorporates various patterns and geometric designs in her work which interwoven with the words of the Holy Quran emit a soul touching aura.
The journey of self-discovery motivated her to the creative world of painting. She preferred Kufi calligraphy using various types of mediums, including oils, acrylics, watercolours and pastels. Her recent work in calligraphy appears in square and circular shapes, highlighted by bright red, green, blue, ochre and black.
The arcs and loops, ovals and circles, vertical and horizontal lines are used as designs in her artworks. The basic geometrical forms remain the same in all works. She chooses the most appropriate form she likes to use in her calligraphic paintings. She decorates her paintings with bright colours, glitters and Islamic motifs. She uses moon and 'Takhtee' symbolically for unknown and known realities of this world. She also uses new elements such as patterns of 'Ajrak' - a local symbol in her calligraphy.
A few of the calligraphies are on wood also. Her love for wood goes back to her childhood when she regularly saw her father doing wood work at his workshop, where she grew with it and felt compelled to use it as a medium. And hence this time for her inner satisfaction she chooses wood for calligraphy. Various shapes of wood square, rectangle, circle and irregular enhances her calligraphic work and adds a unique new style to her basic form and design, and characteristic manner of expression.
* 1996 Diploma in Fine Arts (Painting) from Karachi School of Arts
* 1992 B.Sc in Home Economics from Rana Liaquat Ali Government College for Women, Karachi.
2017 Artciti Gallery Karachi.
2012 Art scene Gallery Karachi.
2010 The Collectors Galleria, Lahore.
2009 Art Scene Gallery, Karachi.
2005 V.M. Art Gallery, Karachi.
2015 4 men show Chawkandi Art Gallery.
2015 Group Show in Qatar.
2014 Group Show in Jeddah.
2013 Group Show in Italy.
2013 Group Exhibition in Malaysia.
2012 Two man Show Ejaz Art Gallery.
2012 Group Show in Jeddah.
2012 Group Show in London.
2012 Group Show in USA.
2012 Liberted Dreame International exhibition Italy.
2011 Artistic Fusion from Pakistan (Singapore).
2011 New York Expo.
2011 Pakistan Embassy UK.
2011 Canvas Art Gallery Karachi.
2010 Art Scene Gallery, Karachi.
2010 Grandeur Art Gallery, Karachi.
2010 Pakistan Artist's Show, Singapore.
2010 Women's Day Exhibition at Russian Consulate, Karachi.
2010 PNCA, Islamabad.
2009 Interior of UAE, Abu Dhabi.
2009 Index Exhibition, Dubai.
2008 Group Show, Dubai.
2008 Art Source Gallery, Qatar.
2008 Woman Day Exhibition, Lahore.
2007 15 Senior Artist’s Exhibition, Clifton Art Gallery, Karachi.
2006 20 Pakistan Artists Show, Hong Kong.
2006 Action for Earthquake Victims, Hunar Kada, Karachi.
2006 25 Senior Artist’s Show, Clifton Art Gallery, Karachi.
2006 Pakistan Artist’s Show, Singapore.
2006 Islamic Centre London, UK.
2004 Unicorn Art Gallery, Karachi.
2004 Native Art Gallery, Lahore.
2004 V.M. Art Gallery, Karachi.
2003 Shakir Ali Museum, Lahore.
2002 The Art Gallery, Karachi.
2001 PNCA Islamabad.
2001 (Water Color) Show, Art Council, Karachi.
1997 PNCA, Islamabad.
1996 Shakir Ali Museum, Lahore.
1996 Sadequin Art Gallery, Karachi.
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