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A floral rhapsody

KARACHI: With the onset of spring in Karachi Mariam Maaz’s show was a breather of fresh air for art lovers as she takes you through a love of flowers and trees, meadows, and glades in her first solo exhibition in Karachi at Majmua the Art Gallery.

The show recently started on April 19th, 2024, and will continue till May 6th. The artist shows promise and potential as her works are mainly in acrylics on canvas but she adds knife work too. Her compositions and rendering of colors are very poetic and impressionistic.

She seems to be influenced by Van Goh the Dutch painter, with her thick impasto technique of laying colors heavily on the flowers.

In her scenic landscapes with just trees, she seems to be romancing and elevating nature as you see the brilliant yellows highlighting sunlight and she depicts it immaculately.

Among her 20 paintings, she has also tried to paint meadows and scenic landscapes in summer and autumn as well as when land is covered with snow

A vivacious and dedicated artist, she is exuberant about her first show and plans to work on different subjects as well.

The prices of her artworks are reasonable starting from forty thousand and up to ninety thousand.

The paintings are a visual treat and if you are a Western classical music buff, you would enjoy each piece with either Strauss, Chopin, or Mozart and delve deeper into her art.

Senior artists like Shaheen Mussawir Tariq Toni and Syed Alishah were also present and participated in giving shields or receiving Ajrak from government officials, etc.

Ms. Mehreen Ilahi also received a recognition shield for her services to Art. Her mother who had come to see her granddaughter receive an award was given a Sindhi Ajrak

More than 50 artists participated in the event and six of the girls got awards. Fatima Arzoo Hassan was among the recipients of the award.

Shahzad Khatri along with Razia Sheikh initiated the one-day event.

The room was filled with some Sind government officials, senior artists, and gallery owners.

Mehreen Ilahi, CEO of Majmua the Art Gallery spoke on the occasion and welcomed the showcasing of work even in her gallery and gave the young emerging artists encouragement.

A senior government official bought the work of an artist who had painted a woman from Palestine.

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