Munawar is a dedicated painter who has been indulged in (producing paintings) for last two decades in Lahore, in recent years he emerged as one of the outstanding landscape, cityscape and calligraphy painters on the art scene of Pakistan. His paintings are vibrant in impression and energetic in sensation. He did his master’s in Graphic Design from Punjab University Lahore, but his love for paintings is older than his academic venture. He paints with enormous confidence in the techniques of painting; from the application of colors on different surfaces to the final needed outcome.
His short, thick strokes of paint swiftly capture the soul of the subject, rather than its details. Colors are applied side-by-side with as little mixing as possible, as used by the impressionist. He avoids the use of black paint and produces grays and dark tones by mixing complementary colors. He does not exploit the transparency of thin paint as the impressionist painting surface is typically opaque. His shadows are confidently painted with the blue and indigo as it is replicated onto surfaces, and emanate a sense of freshness. His early paintings show the influence and vivacity of the Zubaida Jawed and the color application of Khalid Mahmood.
Thirteen Gates of Lahore is the latest work by the artist and looks like a continuation of his earlier show on the old Lahore buildings but this time he is focuses particularly on historical brands of ancient Lahore the old Gates. He produced large scale paintings and each contributes to a gate name; He uses visual motives relative to the history of each particular gate, this is an extra feature of this show. This show is a contribution to save the majestical heritage of Lahore in form of paintings.
Statement of The Artist
Poetry, Literature, dance, music, painting and sculpture and other genres of art having flourishing will all the virtues and flows. The architecture of the Mughals has gained international fame and tourists from far and wide come to visit these the ruins of the past, beautiful edifices, and architecture helps us in recognizing our selves.
Hence, Allama Iqbal rightly said.
If God bestows you the heart that knows nature Communicate through the silence of lilacs and roses.
The beautiful ancient buildings of Lahore stand witness to prestigious grandeur and aestheticism.
So, I took up the walled city of Lahore as my topic and I have painted it in my personal style.