The intricate work of Ghulam Mohammad
The first Pakistani artist to win Jameel Prize in 2016, Ghulam Mohammad’s artistic expression is a result of determination and attention to detail. In a unique manner, Ghulam Mohammad applies delicate paper collage work using hundreds of individually cut out Urdu alphabet letters upon hand crafted wasli paper to create beautiful calligraphic script. Time consuming and requiring extreme precision, the result work of the artist is spell-bounding.
Ghulam Mohammad grew up in a small village called Zardad, beyond Sibi in Balochistan. With basic education system at hand, Mohammad ventured on to his journey to become an artist and joined Beaconhouse National University, BNU and received Madanjeet Singh Art Scholarship by the South Asia Foundation, which is granted to talented students from across South Asia.
The Marvel of Shahzia Sikander
The U.S. Department of State Medal of Arts, only given to artists that have participated in the Art in Embassies (AIE) program has been awarded so far to two Pakistani artists including Shahzia Sikander and Imran Qureshi. The award was created in 2012 to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Art in Embassies (AIE) program. This award is given to artists who are not necessarily U.S. citizens. The U.S. Department of State’s Medal of Arts is given in recognition of the artists' "outstanding commitment to AIE and to international cultural exchange.”[Read more]