Artists’ duo unveils wood sculptures

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Introducing the raku ceramics in Pakistan for the first time, Nsir Malik at Nomad Gallery stole the show on Monday while his counterpart Abbas Shah’s ‘Enchanting Woods’ gave tough time to him at an exhibition one might call a battle of dexterity. The duo of Nsir Malik and Abbas Shah- the veteran artists showcased their collection of around 53 art pieces in raku ceramics, heritage photography, and wooden sculptures. The curator of exhibition, Nageen Hyat, did full justice by hosting the exhibition. Nsir Malik’s stupendous pieces are red and black raku work, glass art and photography of ‘Haveli Soojan Singh’. Raku is a famous form of ancient Japanese art which Malik as the first Pakistani artist has introduced in this part of the world. Malik has been working on this art for the last 30 years. Talking to Pakistan Today, Nsir Malik said it was a unique experience to try one’s hand at seven different departments of art such as oil painting, paintography, ceramics including red and black raku art, photography, blow glass work, calligraphy, portrait sketching using digital methods and handicrafts. Meanwhile, Abbas Shah has carved wood items showcased under the title of “Enchanted Woods’. He said the wood had been a companion of humans since they started to understand to live. “Let us have a dialogue with its soul which is enchanting to me, its sufferings are enormous, but it has a tremendous energy in itself which is life-saving,” the grey-haired Shah said. In one of his crafted item, Shah wonderfully portrays Waris Shah while in other items he skilfully manages to surface old men and females on wood. Shah said that next year, his sculptures would be displayed in the Middle East. The exhibition will continue at the Nomad Gallery, House No. 22 until 18 October.