Two drawing exhibitions open at NCA
By Anjum Gill
LAHORE Two drawing exhibitions opened at NCA’s Zahoorul Akhlaque Gallery on Thursday.
The first showcased paintings by the Sri Lankan artist, Muhanned Cader; the other featured line drawings by Pakistani artist, Mohammed Ali Talpur. Pakistan’s former chief justice, Dr Nasim Hassan Shah, inaugurated both exhibitions. NCA Principal Sajida Vandal, Dr Ajaz Anwar, Lala Rukh and Bina Jawad also attended the ceremony.
Mr Cader displayed picturesque landscapes on a total of four panels, one-by-10 feet each. The drawings, making use of dark and seductive colours, offered a kaleidoscopic view of a balloon floating high above the mountains.
“The balloon is travelling through different times and ages in the sky,” said Mr Cader, who used a combination of mixed media, acrylic, pencil, charcoal and graphite in the piece. Said Lala Rukh, an NCA faculty member: “Cader appears to be telling a story that draws its own conclusion on these ten panels. His work offers narration yet remains abstract.”
Mr Cader’s spouse, herself an artist, thought her husband’s work portrayed “his imagination of space”.
Mohammad Ali Talpur’s drawings were exhibited in the second gallery. His line drawings were black and curvilinear, giving the impression of a textile web.
“These are doodling lines,” said Dr Anwar, “but they create an interesting visual path for the eye to travel on.” Students were most captivated by one drawing in particular were the artist had portrayed male and female figures through parallel lines.