The awe-inspiring solo show of Hanif Shahzad held recently at Chawkandi Art Gallery was a rare treat for art lovers in Karachi. His work included a series of country’s historic monuments with extensive coverage of Mohatta Palace, Karachi. His work comes out impressive with the golden hues and dawn light painted beautifully. His paintings capture the essence of life, the grandeur of the majestic buildings and landscape structures.
His classical landscapes are focused on outdoor ambiance with its intrinsic natural formats, moods and features. His scenes are landscapes in which he seemed to immerse himself – timeless and alluring, these places are captured for his viewers. Within each of his artwork lingers a sense of balance, wonder, and curiosity, holding the viewer captive as he slowly breathes in the serene colors and harmonies.
Shahzad seem to have an exceptional understanding of the cultural aspects of the rural settings in which these majestic structures stand tall. His perfection to detailing is commendable where he paints each curve and crevice with outstanding clarity. Vibrant and vivid, the beach scenes show merriment through colours that are bright. His strokes brim with life and the colours that he uses have a language of their own. Some of the iconic places that he chooses to paint include the Kothari Parade, Empress Market, Fresco Chowk, Zebunissa Street, Denso Hall, Mohatta Palace and Burns Road; all areas that have the true culture of Karachi imbibed in them.
Hanif Shahzad is a Karachi School of Art graduate and won first prize in a KSA competition in 1986. His paintings evoke a sense of nostalgia one feels while visiting older precincts of the city. Shahzad has been painting since the last 25 years and shared that he has never felt bored by this city.