A solo show of vibrant paintings exploring beauty of nature is continued to attract art and nature lovers till May 9 here at Tanzara Art Gallery.
The collection carries as many as 45 works of oil on canvas depicting vivid imagery by Lahore based artist Zulfiqar Ali Zulfi in the show “Punjab Romanticism”.
Born in Dera Ghazi Khan, Zulfiqar Zulfi is a realistic painter of landscapes and known for his use of light in Punjab countryside scenery paintings.
He is a Design graduate from National College of Arts, Lahore in 1989 and participated in a number of group exhibitions in Pakistan and abroad. His work features prominently in the permanent collections including Governor House, Punjab Assembly, Administrative Staff College, National Institute of Public Administration, American Consulate, Lahore; Governor House, Nathia Gali; National Art Gallery, Islamabad; President House, Turkey.
Zulfi is a painter of the landscape genre with two decades of painting to his credit. Be it a rustic scene, or an urban setting, misty horizons or cattle out in the open fields, the artist renders such images with amazing dexterity.
Noshi Qadir, curator of gallery said “Zulfi is a realist painter, but his paintings, be they landscapes or cityscapes are more than an imitation of what is seen. He has the magic of capturing the essence of the vignette that he replicates on canvas.”
Beyond realism, the artist understands his subject matter well. Zulfi’s imagery, she added, is idyllic and delightful, he is a master of capturing seasons and times of day.
In his landscapes one actually feels the breeze and smells the grass. The foggy winter morning scenes are truly cold and the sunny landscapes warm and brilliant.
The artist is the recipient of the Presidents Pride of Performance award. He has several solo and group shows to his credit and his paintings are in major collections home and abroad.