A solo exhibition of Asif Ghazali opened recently at Hamail Art Gallery.
Well-written examples of his “Kufic” Quranic scripts are truly spectacular, with a stately verticality and regularity that sets them above less carefully written work.
The significance of calligraphic art can be linked to the development the Arabic scripts created in different periods and locations of the expansive Islamic Empire. There is also a close relationship between each Arabic script and its common usage throughout history. Understanding the history of each script and how Arabic calligraphy evolved over the history of the Islamic Empire can expand our visual experience beyond the beautiful glyphs and forms. Some scripts of Islamic calligraphy reflect the time period in which they developed, such as the Musand script, which emerged at an early stage in the history of Arabic calligraphy. Others provide geographical insight into where the artwork was developed, such as the Maghribi script, which distinguishes the artwork and inscriptions of northwest Africa.
Calligraphy holds, perhaps, pride of place as the foremost and most characteristic of the modes of visual expression in Islam. After years of practice, his calligraphic expression becomes a second nature to his work.
In his work, the artist Asif Ghazali presents a spell-bounding narrative of the final word. With dark hues against white, he has shown a contrasting work that emerges as striking to the viewers. His work shows utmost detailing with intricate angles and curves that shapes the work into a complete artwork. After getting retired from Pakistan Army, Asif Ghazali began mastering the art of calligraphy which was his life-long passion. Started learning from 2009, Asif finally displayed his amazing creations at an exhibition that showcased Quranic calligraphy pieces that were termed as brilliant fusions of mesmerizing color compositions and remarkable artistic skills.