[Lahore: 16thFebruary 2017] Pride of Performance recipientShahid Jalal showcased his latest series of paintings at his solo show titled “Flower Carpets of Lahore”. The show opened today at theEjaz Art Gallery, Lahore and will continue till 23rd February, 2017.
Speaking about his inspiration and work Shahid Jalal said: “It is about the flower carpets of Lahore which were planted twice a year. I have been painting this theme for the past five years at various times. It is a total departure from what I used to do under my mentor Khalid Iqbal’s guidance. This exhibition is important to me because for the first time in my career, I have chosen to use photographs as the source of reference for my paintings instead of working at the spot. The response for this exhibition has been really good in Lahore and I am expecting the same from Karachi.”
Shahid Jalal’s dynamic art reflects his prowess of simplifying complex designs and translating the best of natureon both large and medium-sized canvases. Known to be a “Plein Air” artist — with most of his canvases painted at the spot — Shahid Jalal restricted himself to the studio for the first time in his career to achieve the desired result on his chosen canvases.
The showstoppers of this exhibition werelarger-than-life collages of flowers arranged as carpets. It incorporated sketches of individual flowers — especially chrysanthemums and cockscombs –from various gardens of Lahore. Each painting of this masterpiece was sold individually.
The show was attended by some of the leading names of the art fraternity including SalimaHashmi, SaeedAkhtar, R M Naeem, NazishAttaullah, Tania Sohail and RahatNaveedand young artists such as Irfan Hassan, Ali Kazim and Maria Khan.
“Flower Carpets of Lahore” will be travelling to the Artscene Gallery, Karachi on March 15, 2017.
About Shahid Jalal:
Born on 13th August 1948, the FCA England and National College of Arts graduate lives and works in Lahore. He has exhibited abroad in Washington, Sotheby’s in London, Stockholm and the 1991 DehliTrinale. He has held several solo and group shows all across Pakistan. He is a proud recipient of the President’s Award for Pride of Performance in the field of Paintings in 1994 and also won a prize at the Punjab Painters Exhibition in 1989. His collections are owned by the National Gallery of Pakistan, the National Assembly, Prime Minister’s House, World Bank, Pakistan, Foreign Office and Pakistan House, Delhi as well as by many other public and private organizations.