Kazi has exhibited his work at the Nomad Gallery quite a few times over the last few years. He is a Fine Art graduate from the Karachi School of Arts, and has been showcasing his work for over 20 years now. He has been a part of group and solo exhibitions in Lahore, Karachi and Islamabad, and has also exhibited in India, Bangladesh and the UK.
Kazi is a firm proponent of the preservation of our architecture and culture. He draws inspiration from Pakistan’s tremendously rich historical and cultural heritage, and wonderfully depicts it on canvas. He uses a limited color palette, so as to give his works a simple and natural look – a technique that works quite effectively. “Having traveled all over Pakistan, I truly appreciate our cultural heritage and architecture. I think it is extremely distinct and beautiful, and this is what I have reflected in my work as well”, Kazi comments on his collection.
Youlin caught up with Nageen Hyat, founder and curator of Nomad Gallery, who said that these exhibitions serve to provide a boost to local artists, especially the ones who aspire to represent a soft image of Pakistan to the outside world. Hyat was all praise for Kazi’s artworks: “The architecture is inspired by the traditional Mughal period and shrines of saints and sufis. His paintings are serene and aesthetically pleasing, harmonious and tranquil – quite a treat for the eyes and soul!”
Hyat also shared with us her experience of shifting the gallery to a new venue last month. “Our relocation to Saidpur Village has turned Nomad Gallery into a local Pakistani cultural centre, which is frequented by the local community of Saidpur as well. The process of shifting to a new venue has been difficult to say the least. But Nomad has been around for 31 years, and there was no way I would give up on it now. God has been kind, and everything has gone smoothly. Today it’s become a cultural hub in the region, and I’m quite content that we moved here. We opened on August 1st, and I was extremely touched by over 250 people who turned up on a hot, rainy day, clearly demonstrating their love and support for our work. Attendees ranged from foreign guests to locals from the village, and everyone made themselves at home. It was a truly humbling experience”.
Kazi’s collection will be on display at the Nomad Gallery till September 12th
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