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The story of myself and some friends
in these fragments of daily loves

The NCA is proud to present a solo exhibition by Abdullah Qureshi. Known for his spontaneous and gestural practice, Qureshi is interested in the history of painting, in particular abstract expressionism, and the liminal space between abstraction and representation. Simultaneously, the use of personal history, childhood memories, and traumatic pasts in a non-linear format have emerged as key concerns for him. Consolidating these parallel enquiries, more recently Qureshi’s work has taken the form of a painted visual diary.
In ‘The Story of Myself and Some Friends in these Fragments of Daily Loves’, a title borrowed from the Mexican writer Ernesto Banuelos Enriquez, Qureshi focuses on portraits of men, through which he explores ideas of masculinity, intimacy and desire. The images, which evoke vulnerability and raw emotion, can be seen as a radical shift within Qureshi’s oeuvre, signaling his maturing awareness of the self, that manifests in stark political and visceral ways. We are pleased to showcase this new body of work, which imbibes the spirit of our esteemed institution.

Irani Handicraft and Miniature Painting

An exhibition of Iranian handicraft and miniature painting was held on Monday 20th February, 2017 at Zahoor ul Akhlaq Gallery in the National College of Arts.
Principal NCA Prof. Dr. Murtaza Jafri and Director Khana-e-Farhang Akbar Barkhurdari inaugurated the exhibition. Students and visitors thronged the exhibition and showed interest in the meticulously executed and detailed paintings. Principal NCA Prof. Dr. Murtaza Jafri spoke on the occasion saying the arts of Iran has its roots in the culture and customs of its people and their instinctive feelings. The taste and talent of these people can be seen through the designs of their painting which is displayed today. Many works at the exhibition had been sold out.
Elaborating on the history of friendship between Iran and Pakistan he said that the historical and cultural ties of both countries go back in time and have always been very strong. Such events are necessary for they play a positive role in strengthening of this bond between the two nations.

Final One-Year Diploma Project Display

On 9th February 2017 at 3:00 pm, One Year diploma students from visual arts department exhibited their work at Zahooor Ul Akhlaq Gallery NCA Lahore. Principal NCA “Prof. Dr. Murtaza Jafri” inaugurated the prestigious exhibition and praised the work.

Undergraduate Degree Show 2016

On 18th January 2017, final year undergraduate students from all departments exhibited their thesis work at National College of Arts Lahore. Principal NCA “Prof. Dr. Murtaza Jafri” welcomed the honourable chief guest "Dr. Asif Kirmani (Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on Political Affairs)".
He inaugurated the prestigious exhibition and praised the work.

MA (Hons.) Visual Art Degree Show

MA (Hons.) Visual Art Degree Show was inaugurated by Principal NCA Prof. Dr. Murtaza Jafri on 26th December, 2016 at Zahoor-ul-Akhlaq Gallery NCA. Faculty members from different departments, staff members and students participated in this prestigious show and admired student's work too.The show will continue till 7th January 2017.

…to Light by Shireen Bano

An exhibition …to Light by Shireen Bano was organized on November 10th, 2016. Shireen Bano’s recent show expressed the techniques of traditional miniature painting from an all together a fresh perspective.
Shireen Bano’s work is contemplative in nature. She uses spaces and color to explore the complexity of human thoughts and emotions. The works are a sensory experience, they explore spaces both real and imaginative, Shireen Bano comments on our enduring struggle for the attainment of happiness in this world for the different spaces and their transformation represent our shifting hopes and dreams.

Paintings by Muhammad Javed

The prestigious exhibition “Paintings by Muhammad Javed” was organized on 19th October 2016 at Zahoor-UL-Akhlaq gallery NCA. Prof. Dr. Mujahid Kamran (Vice Chancellor, Punjab University, Lahore) was the Chief Guest of this exhibition.
His oil painting provide us yet another technique.Javed sahib has gone a step further in this technique. He spreads the paint with the help of palette knife and creates interesting texture. The result is alluring at once because of effective space division, strong composition and simplification of forms comprising social, cultural and even economic based concepts.

Green Signal

An exhibition "Green Signal" was inagurated by hon'ble Prof. Ahsan Iqbal (Federal Minister for Planning, Development & Reform) at Zahoor ul Akhlaq Gallery, NCA on 12th April,2016 at 11:00 a.m. It was combined effort of practicing artists from National College of Arts, Lahore and art students from Shaal Art Gallery, Quetta. The exhibition celebrated the contribution of Pakistan Railways by paying tribute to its historical role in uniting our nation.

'Other Histories' by Amin Rehman

An exhibition "Other Histories" by Amin Rehman was organized at Zahoor ul Akhlaq Gallery, NCA on 23rd November,2015.

(Exhibition of Ceramic Jewellery)

Esteemed faculty member and head of the Ceramic Design Department, Shazia Mirza recently visited The International Ceramics Studio in Hungary and the HOF Art Space in Bangkok, Thailand where she worked and produced a body of work during her stay.
This work has now been presented in the form of an exhibition at Zahoor ul Akhlaq Gallery in NCA under the title of “TRIAD-Travel-Probe-Make”. The exhibition consists of sketches and complete pieces of contemporary ceramic jewellery. The inauguration of this event took place on Wednesday, 21st September at 3:00 PM in the Zahoor ul Akhlaq Gallery at National College of Arts, Lahore.
Principal NCA Prof. Dr. Murtaza Jafri inaugurated the exhibition. The work demonstrates both experimentation and versatility within ceramic design by questioning and exploring the possibilities of both form and material. It is also testament to the fact that in the contemporary world today, the realms of art and design not only intersect but often merge to bring forth new ideas. Principal NCA Prof. Dr. Murtaza Jafri praised the work saying that many of these works convey a novel understanding of how traditional designs and motifs can be reinvented and adapted to suit contemporary design requirements.