Calligraphy painting show opens at Artciti Gallery

KARACHI: Calligraphy paintings show titled Spiritual Submission featuring artworks by Ahmad Khan opened at the Artciti Gallery, 2nd Floor, Plot 36-C, Bukhari Commercial Lane-13, Khayaban-e-Shujaat, Phase-VI, DHA. The show will continue till Saturday 6th December 2014.

Ahmed Khan uses gold and silver pigments with subtle tones and intricate gold writings in his three pieces.

He uses mixed media with ink, watercolour and pigments to create intense pieces that are imperial in nature. With bright tones on white canvas, Khan’s magnetic work is appealing and compelling. Contrasting with strong and bright shades, his work mesmerizes the viewers.

“If painting is music, then I play it on my canvas. My calligraphic symphonies run in low keys. Suddenly, they move into a higher pitch,” he explains in his statement. “I subtly divide space by writing small pieces around the focal point and fill the focal point with a large word.”

Ahmed Khan is thought of as Pakistan’s greatest living calligraphic artist. His work comprises overlaid calligraphic designs based on silver foil pressed on canvas which with a sprinkle of chemicals turns them into vibrant colours.

His calligraphic forms are meticulously applied on this base. Ahmed Khan’s renditions spark with spirituality. It is the oneness of God and a matter of peace which takes place on his canvases. At every exhibition he comes up with new compositions. One finds ovals, circles and semi circles with splashes of mystifying light creating an impression close to what Khan is going through metaphysically. Another obvious symbol on his canvases is a seal.

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