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LUMINOUS REFLECTIONS ON SUNLESS STREETS

  • Arshad Maqbool
  • Oct, 2017
  • Painting of the Month
The glazed, muted feel of the canvas is exquisitely suited to the subject of this work by the artist. The use of black is a new move and gives a lot of depth to the painting; it draws the eye towards the centre where both human existence and religion, in the form of the mosque, collide. The figures are rendered with great detail and the water on the roads is so translucent, it almost seems like watercolour i...

A PENSIVE TOUCH

  • Arshad Maqbool
  • Sep, 2017
  • Painting of the Month

The artist seems to be returning to his landscape work with their focus on green and ochre evoking summers in Punjab. The grove of trees at the centre is the solitary focus of attention in this work of art. The reflection, despite its flecks of grass and leaves, is crystal clear, demonstrating the artist's command over the brush. This nostalgic work is made even more intriguing by the blue hills and tre...


ON A DUSKY STROLL

  • Arshad Maqbool
  • Aug, 2017
  • Painting of the Month

Landscapes like they are photographs from a first grade glass lens are heretofore unconventional for the artist, but even in this first painting of its kind from his brush, he stuns us with its detail and clarity. The foreground and background both look like bokeh from the aforementioned lens. The rows of trees, with the perspective of the winding road limited to the few inches necessary for showing as ...


Free from Commotion; A Day at the Hiran Minar

  • Arshad Maqbool
  • July, 2017
  • Painting of the Month

Water seems to be an integral and increasingly important element of the artist's oeuvre. The composition of the painting in question testifies to this, with water taking up more than half of the canvas, subtly reminding the viewer of the rice paddy fields one sees when zooming through the Punjabi heartlands. The artist has, for the first time, chosen the Hinar Minar as the subject of his painting, p...


SPECTACULAR LAHORE TOUCHED BY RAIN

  • Arshad Maqbool
  • June, 2017
  • Painting of the Month

The artist's work can be seen progressing from warm ochres and greens to rain-washed greys. This painting is a true depiction of Lahore during the monsoon, the sense of place being brought home to the spectators by the Badshahi Mosque in the background and the rickshaws in the foreground. Unlike the artist's previous works, this painting's subject cannot be mistaken for just any other field or town of P...


Melody of a sunset at the Wazir Khan Mosque

  • Arshad Maqbool
  • May, 2017
  • Painting of the Month

Historic mosques have evoked great eloquence from many different quarters -from poetry to Sufi writings to art. Dr. Maqbool, the artist, carries this noble tradition forward but in a different manner. His mosque is more impressionistic - the brushwork evolving past his own previous work as well as other renditions of religious buildings. The detail in the lower half of the painting is meticulously rende...


Misty Meadows at DAWN

  • Arshad Maqbool
  • Apr, 2017
  • Painting of the Month

Dr Arshad has undoubtedly exhibited a method for depicting fleeting effects in nature. Misty morning is a true depiction of cold foggy Lahore mornings. The warm and cool hues enhance each other optically to give an airy, vibrant effect of colors unattainable by conventional overlaying and built-up of paint layers. Flamboyant curving strokes indicate the distant skyline against which ,with calculated cas...


Away we Fly

  • Arshad Maqbool
  • Mar, 2017
  • Painting of the Month

Inspired by the pigeons indigenous to Lahore's streets and buildings, the work in question creates a very soothing picture. The flurry of activity, as the birds descend to eat, drink and make merry in the streets, is captured in grey tones off-set by an abundance of ochre and mustard. Anyone living in Lahore can instantly recognise the scene as taking place in front of the Lahore Museum, near Kim's gun ...


DOOR TO THE LIBRARY

  • Arshad Maqbool
  • Feb, 2017
  • Painting of the Month

The sunlight filtering through the large windows lights up this scene from the Punjab Public Library, becoming an allegory for the light of knowledge. The artist has taken the dilapidated scene that he came upon and turned in into poetry by illustrating the haphazard piles of paper and the people hunched as they pore over them, in beautiful tones of brown and ochre. The relatively dull colors are offset...


PAINTING OF THE MONTH

  • Arshad Maqbool
  • Jan, 2017
  • Painting of the Month

Hues alongside the Hazuri Bagh

This painting by the artist reflects his artistic growth as he uses a distinct colour palette to depict a historical monument; where indigenous history is clearly at the heart of the work. The foliage surrounding it draws the eye inexorably to the building at the centre, signifying its importance to the artist. The dappling of the sun is also masterfull...


UNBEWILDERED AT MIDDAY

  • Arshad Maqbool
  • Dec, 2016
  • Painting of the Month

This painting is a perfect balance between light and shade. The warm tones of the ochre wall are beautifully offset by the cool greens of the foliage, with hints of blue to add further dimension. An impressionistic work, it is a perfect example of the artist's developing mastery of the genre.

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Into the Wilderness

  • Arshad Maqbool
  • Nov, 2016
  • Painting of the Month

An earlier work by the artist, the painting is a somber reflection on the sublime beauty of the wilderness near Bani Gala, in Islamabad. No less than any work of art by the Romantics, the painting draws the viewer in with its melancholy undertones of blue and grey. The decaying trees, contrasted with the green fields around them, present a unique and rarely-seen aspect of our local landscape, one that h...


Painting of the Month Last of the Smouldering Autumn Days

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  • Oct, 2016
  • Painting of the Month

Painting by Dr. Arshad Maqbool

The artist explores the autumnal landscapes of the countryside as the sun sets over fields ravaged by the passing of time. The darkness of the scene is made palpable by solid, laden brushstrokes and the use of darker, more somber tones. The reds of the flowers and the sky seting afire by the setting sun are offset by the black paint used to show the tre...