An exhibition titled ‘Mystical Mosaic’ held at Artciti Karachi on 4th December 2017 showcased paintings of A. Q. Arif.
The work of A.Q. Arif showed the relationship between form and the intermediate space with lyrical expression. Using the technique of mirage, he draws mesmerizing landscapes that touch upon imagination with a hint of realism. The architectural elements in his work include domes and tall buildings that appear to speak of history while shimmering as reflected images in wide pools of water.
His cityscape painting of clear blue rivers with images of boats is beautifully painted in dominating blue shades. The serene ambiance seems to grow on the viewer leaving an everlasting mark.
His monumental works are far above the ordinary whereby each dome, curve and arch is clearly defined. The reflections in the water seem so much real. All of his paintings are devoid of people, hinting at surreal feel, an emptiness that engulfs the towns during early hours of the day. Most of his paintings seem to show the beginning of dawn when the environment is pure and untouched.
A. Q Arif’s choice of colours is superb and very close to reality. The natural and earthy tones prevail throughout the paintings. Arif graduated from the renowned Karachi School of Art in 1996, and conducted workshops in art institutes throughout the country. He exhibited work in Karachi and Lahore. With numerous solo exhibitions to his credit in Pakistan and countries east and west, his work has been acclaimed internationally. In his art Arif appears to invite the viewer to a world of landscape touched by fantasy and unspoiled by human habitation. His mastery of the media creates scenes of beauty that appear to draw the viewer into their midst.
In November 2016, A. Q. Arif was one of a selected group of artists chosen to represent Pakistan at an exhibition held at Asia House, London. In A. Q. Arif’s work one discovers a distortion of reality symbolic of the distinguished artist’s inner vision.