Shafqat Mahmood inaugurates solo exhibition “Beauty Alt Atrocity”

Shafqat Mahmood inaugurates solo exhibition
Shafqat Mahmood inaugurates solo exhibition "Beauty Alt Atrocity”

ISLAMABAD, Nov 22 (APP):Minister for Federal Education and Professional Training and National History and Literary Heritage Division Shafqat Mahmood on Monday inaugurated solo exhibition titled “Beauty Alt Atrocity” by Ayisha Arshad Shahnawaz.

Speaking on the occasion, minister said Pakistan National Council of the Arts (PNCA), is delighted to present another exciting exhibition “Beauty Alt Atrocity” a solo show by Aysiha Arshad Shahnawaz.

Shafqat Mehmood, Minister of NH&C Division praised the exhibition and the artist during his speech, “Ayisha’s hardwork has made this show beautiful and I am glad after COVID-19 fun and healthy activities were getting organized again”, he mentioned that the PNCA will plan more such activities. This show was a collection of intricately crafted paintings.

Through her works, Ayisha explores the innumerable sufferings and miseries which are caused in the process of creating something fantastical and worthy, the sacrifice every individual makes to achieve the desired on a very personal level as well as a societal level.

Ayisha Arshad Shahnawaz is a Canadian-Pakistani artist born in Lahore, Pakistan, in 1975. A graduate of the prestigious National College of Art, her work has been exhibited in six countries spanning three continents.

The displayed artworks have been privately built up and are so complex, diverse, and somehow both entirely contemporary and yet faithfully traditional, that it boggles the mind. The exhibition was organized by Pakistan National Council of the Arts (PNCA), Visual Arts Division, featuring more than 25 artworks, including abstract art as well as calligraphy.

In her displays, Ayisha has highlighted the bitter experiences of her life in captivating colors, which seem to be very beautiful, but in each piece of art, there was a full-blown story. A large number of art enthusiasts were also attended the inauguration ceremony and greatly appreciated the artist’s artwork. The artwork was displayed at PNCA National Art Gallery, Islamabad.

People from different walks of life also attended the exhibition. The exhibition would continue till November 30.

Ayisha has shown her mesmerizing paintings Nationally and Internationally on numerous platforms. She has presented her works as part of an EU art-exchange program with Canada. Her work was also shown in the ‘Vialful’ exhibit.

Ayisha Arshad Shahnawaz was one of ten overseas Canadians selected by the Contemporary Art Galleries Association (Association des Galeries d’art Contemporain) to showcase their work during the Millennium Fair in Montreal. She was among a handful of artists from around the globe invited by the Japanese Agency for Cultural Affairs to exhibit their work.

PNCA is dedicated to promote Pakistani Art on Local and National scale. Our elevate and unique programs that present the traditional and contemporary art practices we reflect upon the excellence and cultural diversity of Pakistan as well as supports professional development of the artist.

PNCA is committed to promote significant aspects of the country and encourages community participation in gallery activities, fostering curatorial practice to artist’s own understanding of their work and encourages a healthy and sustainable local arts industry.

PNCA has maintained a range of regionally focused visual arts exhibitions featuring both nationally and internationally recognized artists.