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Iqbal Durrani

Iqbal Durrani

Expression of my responsiveness to complex human behavior and raw desires has always been a challenging undertaking. Though it all starts with a challenge, but soon it becomes a pleasurable journey on the road of ecstasy. Every moment the painting draws closer to its end it sends off a signal to explore yet another possible point of culmination. Ultimately I find myself completely fulfilled, replete with the goodness of earnest expression – a rewarding outcome of delightful and adventurous knife work on canvas!  Serious painting is an activity that engages the soul with the spiritual configuration of life. Women, birds and flowers I believe, are all elements of life that bear semblance in characteristic and beauty which is hard to ignore. Given their unmistakable inspiration, I continued to explore possibilities of arrangement of these elements on canvas. 

I interweave seductive intimacies within my subjects, thus, radiating a mysterious temptation and lure. A gradual absorption of my painting engages the viewer’s intellect almost involuntarily and initiates a subtle stimulus that momentarily transports the viewer to another time and dimension. It is a brief but reminiscent meeting with my world of loveable characters that rather relate to the viewers own profile.

1962    Born in Karachi

1979    Won First Prize of "Running Trophy of Ahmed Parvez Award"

1980    Won again First Prize of "Running Trophy of Ahmed Pervez Award"

1982    Participated in group exhibition of painting Friendship House, Karachi.

1982    Two-men show of paintings. Pakistan Arts Council Karachi.

1982    Participated in group exhibition of "Artists of 4th generation". Pakistan Arts Council of Karachi.

1982    One-man show, Goethe Institute Karachi.

1983    Won First Prize all Pakistan Calligraphy Competition, Arts Council Gallery, Karachi.

1984    Participated in Sindh Artists Exhibition, Karachi.

1985    One-man show, Goethe Institute, Karachi.

1986    One-man show, Chaw Kandi Gallery, Karachi.

1987    One-man show, Vision Art Gallery, Karachi.

1988    One-man show, Pearl Continental Art Gallery, Karachi.

1989    One-man show, Art Views Gallery, Karachi.

1991    One-man show, Collectors Art Gallery, Karachi.

1992    One-man show, Indus Gallery, Karachi.

1993    One-man show, Clifton Art Gallery, Karachi.

1994    Private Show, Dubai.

1994    One-man show, Clifton Art Gallery, Karachi.

1996    One Day Private Show, Majmua, Karachi.

1996    One-man show, Clifton Art Gallery, Karachi.

1997    Live performance with Abida Parveen for ANZ Grindlays Bank, Karachi.

1997    Participated in Melburn (Australia) and London (UK).

1997    One-man show, Clifton Art Gallery, Karachi.

1999    One-man show, Majmua The Art Gallery, Karachi. 2003 One-man show, Dubai.

2005    One-man show, Malaysia and Thailand.

2007    One-man show, Indus Gallery, Karachi.

2013    One man show, Creative Gallery, Karachi.

2015    Solo Show ‘Fond Observations’ at Citi Art Gallery, Karachi.

2015    Solo Exhibition, Creative Gallery, Karachi.

2018    Solo Exhibition, ArtCiti Gallery, Karachi.

2019    Solo Exhibition, ArtCiti Gallery, Karachi.

2020    Solo Exhibition, ArtCiti Gallery, Karachi.

2022    Solo Exhibition, ArtCiti Gallery, Karachi.

2023    Solo Exhibition, Artscene Gallery, Karachi.

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