Following the rhythm of life: Dance of life; ruins of heritage; saint’s saga; quest for light; silent unity-are some of the titles given to a set of ’line work’ by Shafique Farooqi-an artist with well-established repute, both within the country and overseas His ’lines; while relying the calligraphic flow, rhythm and movement create images that translate his intuitive perception of reality-of the visual, as well as beyond the limit of visible. It's spontaneous and impulsive, from within. ’ I feel myself in the grip of ’ line’ as much as a poet may feel himself in the grip of words There was once a stage in his art career when his talent focussed mainly on the language of colors now it is the bold and free-following "line that rules him, speaking in figurative terms. Shafique believes his line work are an individual expression added to the national art scenario which, in due course, will become his identity, his subjective expression of creative art. The mysterious powerful lines (in black ink) are subtly patterned-though seeming most unpainted at a casual glance. Symbols like labyrinth, birds, fauna, images, vaguely representative of human figures occur recurrently in the array of this series From “The Nation” April 29,1999
Biography: SHAFIQUE FAROOQI 1942 Born in Sialkot. Pakistan 1966 Diploma in Graphic Art 1968 Certificate in Drawing and Paintings 1997 Master in Fine Arts SHORT COURSES / WORK SHOPS: 1985 Worked in the Studio of Harry L. Johnson, Washington DC. 1990 Etching Printmaking Workshop in Memar Senan University, Istanbul. 1991 Worked with Prof. Namik Denizhan, (Sculpture) Istanbul. 1994 Training on the Job as Project Director on Vocational Education for Disable Persons, by SWOZ in Holland. JOBS EXPERIENCE: 1965-75 Punjab University Lahore. 1975-80 Pakistan Administrative Staff College, Lahore. 1980-81 Civil Services Academy, Lahore, Pakistan. 1982-90 Fountain House Lahore 1991-99 Project Director, ZODD, Istanbul. MENTIONABLE ART WORK AND COLLECTERS Sheikh Zaid Hospital Lahore. 80 Paintings Civil Hospital, Lahore. 5 Paintings World Bank IMF Building Tam International USA Smithsonian Institute USA Princes Wijdan of Jordan Research Center for Islamic Art and Culture, Istanbul Press Museum, Istanbul Consulate General of Pakistan in Istanbul. ) Beyoglu Belediye Istanbul Bursa Metropolitan Corporation, Turkey. (6 Paintings) Purl-Continental Hotel, Lahore. 10 Paintings Fattier Memorial Hospital Lahore. 50 Paintings Ittifaq Hospital Lahore. 20 Paintings Pakistan Administrative Staff College, Lahore 5 Paintings Arab Security Center Riyadh Saudi Arabia, (20 Paintings) Directorate General Civil Defense Islamabad. (4 Paintings) Institute of Business Administration Karachi) PN Staff College Karachi. Lahore Museum. ) Ministry of Foreign affair Islamabad. (20 Paintings) Fountain House Lahore. (6Paintings) Lahore Metropolitan Corporation. (10 Paintings) LOK-Virus Museum, Islamabad, PERSONAL SOLO EXHIBITION 80 Solo Shows in country and abroad PARTICIPATION IN GROUP EXHIBITION: Participated more then 85 group exhibition in USA, England, Saudi Arabia, Germany Egypt, Sudan, France, Canada, Holland, Turkey, India, Iran,’ Iraq, and National Exhibitions in Pakistan. AWARDS 20 awards and 15 honors fron country and abroad ART PUBLICATIONS 1-Symbiosis Concept in Art ( Journey of Lines} 2-Poetery of Lines 3-Journey of Lines with Symbols 4-Journey of Lines with Calligraphy 5-Journey of Lines with Colors 6.Chenda Zaman ( Turkish Poetry)
Country: United Arab Emirates
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