The latest works of artist Ijaz-ul-Hassan were on display at Canvas Gallery in Karachi recently.
His work primarily focuses on pictorial reference to social and political issues of our time. He attempts to emply images that have an immediate presence, which enables him to have his intentions succinctly known to the viewer. Most images are picked off the street walls, newspapers, magazines, public hoardings and the television screen. In order to vividly enhance the substance of images and forms, they are often simplified; the colours spread out and flattened. He regards himself as an Avant Garde modern painter. He would rather imitate others and imbibe something from them than ape himself. He shuns the impersonal snooty aura of modernism. Instead he prefers to warmly embrace the viewer who is not the other but the artists other self. This impels him to proceed within the shared narrative and conventions; focusing on the current, the immediate and that which he regards as the primary concerns of the time, likely to advance and connect all to the future.
Ijaz-ul-Hassan is recipient of Pride of Performance and Sitar-e-Imtiaz. He has had numerous exhibitions to his credit both locally and internationally including in USA, Britain, France, Germany, Belgium, Italy, Japan, Korea, Brazil, India, Bangladesh, Indonesia, Jordan, Egypt and Morocco.