“Yeh Pyara Parcham”, a solo exhibition of works by Muhammad Zeeshan opened at Sanat Gallery on Saturday 31st March 2018.
About this exhibition – “Yeh Pyara Parcham”: Politics continue to influence artists working across all genres, remaining a major concern for many artists in Pakistan. “Yeh Pyara Parcham” deals with conflicts, potential and ensuing, that have gripped the region and much of the globe.
“Yeh Pyara Parcham” translated as ‘this beloved flag’; what we see is how the artist deftly revisions national emblems in light of current political turmoil and socio-economics of the country, while retaining elements that make each beloved banner so recognizable.
“Yeh Pyara Parcham” was originally intended to be shown at Art Dubai 2018, however, due to circumstances beyond control, Muhammad Zeeshan’s solo presentation at Art Dubai 2018 had to be changed at the last moment and “Yeh Pyara Parcham” is now being exhibited in Karachi.
Yeh Pyara Parcham is one tough body of work! – Very charged, very powerful, and energetic. It is a comment on the socio-political scenario of today’s global diplomatic interaction.
About the artist – “Muhammad Zeeshan”: Muhammad Zeeshan did his bachelors of Fine Arts in Miniature Painting (BFA Miniature Painting) from National College of Arts Lahore during 2003, He is a critically acclaimed visual artist who is currently an adjunct faculty of Indus Valley School of Art and Architecture, Karachi, Pakistan.
Zeeshan has several gallery, art fair, museum and institutional exhibitions to his credit including exhibitions at Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University, Herbert F. Johnson Museum at Cornell University, Abbot Hall Art Gallery at Kendal, Pacific Asia Art Museum at Pasadena, Art Gallery of Mississauga, British Museum, Gemak/Gemeente Museum, Fukuoka Asian Art Museum and Metropolitan Museum at Tokyo. He has been represented at the Dubai Art Fair, India Art Fair, Contemporary Istanbul, Hong Kong Art Basel and Pulse Art Fair.
Muhammad Zeeshan’s works are also a part of the permanent collection of British Museum, Fukuoka Asian Art Museum, Pacific Asia Art Museum Pasadena and The Metropolitan Museum of Art New York. Muhammad Zeeshan lives and works in Karachi.
Personal Views: Muhammad Zeeshan’s art work titled ‘Promised’ and ‘Promised land’ are my favourite and these three words describe a lot. A picture worth a thousand words seems too true.