KARACHI - An Islamic Art and Calligraphic Exhibition was held at Defence Authority Creek Club, DHA Phase-VIII here on Monday.

The exhibition exhibited the masterpiece works of talented artists Muhammad Shafique and Asif Ghazali. The Islamic art encompasses visual arts including oil paintings, calligraphy and ceramics, among others.

It mainly focused on the depiction of patterns and Arabic calligraphy. Calligraphic design is omni present in Islamic art, and is visually expressed in a mix of Quranic verses and historical proclamations.

 Two of the main scripts involved are the symbolic Kufic and Naskh Scripts, which can adorn and enhance the visual appeal of the walls and domes of buildings.

The works of the new artists include oil paintings on canvas and on paper. They also include calligraphic works of Quranic verses in oil painting, flowers and battle field scenes in oil painting on canvas. The artistic works have a lot of aesthetic attraction, fascination and visual charm par excellence.

A large number of art-lovers were present. In the present times of rampant militancy, terrorism and turmoil organizing creative and colourful events like art exhibitions would help in promotion of love, peace and tolerance in society. It may be added that Muhammad Shafique started playing with colours from a very young age. He loves calligraphy and uses different medium such as water colour, oil, using knife and charcoal etc in his works.

Asif Ghazali, ex Administrator DHA is a great admirer of painting and calligraphy. After retirement he pursued it as a passion and a hobbyist and produced some beautiful calligraphic art pieces which were put on the display show. The promoter of the event Brig ® Asif Ghazali said that the idea behind the exhibition was to revive the old Islamic art and calligraphy skills which have a very rich heritage. He said that the earning through the exhibition would be spent to help the needy artist. A large number of people from all walks of life attended the exhibition.