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Ghalib Baqar

Ghalib Baqar

With seven solo and over 100 group exhibitions to his credit. Born in Karachi on April 14, 1956, 59 year old Ghalib Baqar happens to be one of the finest water colour artists of Pakistan. His first solo exhibition was held in 1983 at the B.M Gallery and was inaugurated by noted scientist, intellectual and painter, Dr Salimuzaman Siddiqui. In 1991, he had another solo exhibition at the Indus Art Gallery managed by Pakistan's leading artist Ali Imam. Ghalib Baqar has over 20 years of teaching experience and bagged his first prize at Biennial International Competition of SAARC countries in 1988. He earned his diploma in fine arts in 1975 from the Karachi School of Art as the youngest diploma. International Art Biennale Award 1987 held in 1988 in lahore (Al-Hamra got 1st Prize (Non Oils) obtain Biennale Shield, 1984 1st prize (Water color) Abaseen Art Council, Peshawar, 1st Prize in Water Color in 1983 Sindh Artist Competitiion Arts Council Karachi. 1974 1st Prize in Fine Artes from Karachi School of Arts during student life, 1974 Best Entry Prize in Water Color Karachi Art Council and Second Prize in Oil in the same exhibition. Got Fairaq Award at Art Council painted some cuplits of Fairaq (Fairaq is the greates Urdu Poet of this century born and died in India)participate more than Exhibitions including Passaderana U.S.A 1994, Mirz Contemporary Art Gallery 1988 London U.K (Japan, India, Egypt etc) 

Ghalib Baqar’s watercolours are about the sovereignty of the medium and its semantics, which have been naturalised on the subcontinent for 200 years and lost their colonial patina. Baqar paints Karachi’s seaside and land, which appear as codes of their geography. On his refracted surfaces are remnants of houses, land, water, boats, foliage and the sky, which fussy and frenzied washes displace whichever way they will. The reflections into which the surface divides and multiplies itself demonstrate the way the medium performs under the painter’s hand. What he has yet to achieve is a vision which is intense and yet simple, veiled by the medium but free from the ruptures of the abstract expressionist manner.

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