Featured Art by Rob Zeer – ‘Bathers and Dog’


‘This 1×1 metre ‘Bathers and Dog’ was painted on the shoreline of Lake Okanagan in 2010.

‘I set up my easel on the shore of the lake, with background of an extinct volcano, the Selkirk Mountains behind but needed some ‘foreground material’. At that moment a young guy with his huge black dog and pretty girlfriend happened to be walking by and I instantly though perfect! They were thankfully very obliging to pose for some pictures taken with my IPad.

‘This painting is still in my domain to purchase, in case anyone is interested.’

~ Rob Zeer

‘Bathers and Dog’ is featured on the October 2017 poster of Surrey Muse.


Poster designed by Surrey Muse art director Mariam Zohra.

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Featured art by Rob Zeer – ‘Gastein Stream’

‘Gastein Stream’
60x60cm acrylic on canvas. Gastein Valley, Austria 2014

‘Gastein Stream’ was painted on location in the Gastein Valley, Austria, the spring of 2014.

‘I picked out the composition the day before on a hike with my wife, Corina. Early the next morning I hiked back to spot, set up my easel on the edge of the streambed and painted. Being early spring morning it was a bit nippy, with fresh spring vegetation sprouting forth and the stream run-off in full force.

‘There is a water spout shown spilling water into the stream. The water spout is a drain from some sort of ancient water-works building shown in the top right hand corner.

‘Though painted in Austrian Alps this scene can also be placed somewhere in the Canadian Rockies.’

~ Rob Zeer

Gastein Stream’ is featured
on the September 2017 poster of Surrey Muse.

Poster designed by Surrey Muse Art Director Mariam Zohra.

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Rob Zeer – Painter


I strive to reflect the true essence
of whatever I paint as authentically and honestly as possible.
The process of finding the personal technical skills
and inner-place to achieve this is my highest artistic endeavor
.’

Born in Weyburn, Saskatchewan, Rob Zeer has painted and exhibited throughout Canada and Europe. He is a self taught artist with ‘minor study’ at the University of Calgary and Alberta College of Art. After years of painting & exhibiting large canvases he has recently returned to drawing on paper with mixed-media colouring using crayons, fluorescent-felts, acrylics etc. These works are smaller and more spontaneous, experimental & fun. He is inspired by a wide range of painters and styles ‘starting at the impressionists, Canadian Group of Seven, early 1900 expressionistic figurative, certain abstract, more recently the German Blaue Reiter expressionism… the list is long!’ Rob now lives and works in Germany.

Rob drew often as a kid with his first painting done in high-school art class, and from there it became a major passion. ‘One of the first few talents I had was art.’ Rob says, ‘We tend to express ourselves in the areas that we’re good at. Since embarking seriously as an artist it has been a long tough journey of trying to perfect my expression. When others appreciate the product of my efforts it is very fulfilling.’

There is another art form that Rob also practices: ‘I am an avid meditator. The goal of meditation is similar to art… one’s inner true-self experience & expression beyond the mind.’

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Art by Rob Zeer
Features on the
July 2017 poster
of Surrey Muse

This painting is titled
Redland
(large 100x150cm)
It was created in 2012 for the True Realm Art series
done in Munich with artist John Gamble-Pogue.

‘Redland’ is part of five paintings
that will be featured on our posters
for the July-November 2017 session.
Thank you, Rob Zeer, for letting us
feature your art on Surrey Muse posters.

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Shehan Madawela – Painter

‘My work is inspired by my time in Africa and Sri Lanka, as well as by the light, textures and vibrant colors of India; it’s flora, fauna, the use and worship of stone and the concern for the environment.

‘Oils are my preferred medium, although sometimes I incorporate gold, silver and copper leaf in my paintings. These days I find myself working more with acrylic and water based paints. Being predominantly self-taught, I am free to experiment with different mediums and styles, though there is a common thread that runs through my paintings from series to series.’

Shehan Madawela’s art has been exhibited in Sri Lanka, India, England, New York, Malaysia, Switzerland, the Hague in Netherlands, and Bahrain. His work is in private collections in Sri Lanka and in other parts of the world.

Shehan was born and educated in Sri Lanka. He lived for four years in Australia, and eight in South Africa where he worked in various fields and ran a family business. But the world of business did not hold his interest for long, he returned to Sri Lanka and began to paint. Born into a family of artists, he had never given art ‘any serious thought until then‘.

As the creation of art took root in him, Shehan left for Kala Bhavan, the arts faculty at Shantiniketan in India, where he spent two years living and working. After, he moved to Bangalore and then Mysore. Hailing from a Buddhist Christian family, and having experienced some of the world, he flourished in India’s diverse and multi-cultural environment.

At present, Shehan lives and works in Sri Lanka.

Contact
smadawela@gmail.com
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Art by Shehan Madawela
Features on the
June 2017 poster
of Surrey Muse

This particular painting was chosen
by Art director Mariam Zohra
from the following four paintings

#1

the prisoner of love
#2

the rice series
#3

vermilion summer
#4

Art Director was first drawn to #2 the prisoner of love;
but it could have offended Surrey Library’s
‘protect children from nudity’ ordinance.
She picked #3 the rice series
because it conveyed to her:
the stare of the three
the keepers of earth-blue
the stand of the three

A tough choice, indeed.
Thank you, Shehan Madawela, for letting us
feature this powerful painting on Surrey Muse poster.
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Shahid Mirza – Painter/Media Producer

Shahid Mirza
Video documentation: Visual culture of Sufi shrines (2012-to date); Collection of popular posters of fairs and festivals (2013-to date)

Audio recordings: 30 CD set of traditional renderings of epic Punjabi poem Heer Ranjha; 60 CD set of live concert recordings of contemporary classical music of Pakistan

Organized: More than 100 vocal and instrumental classical music concerts with local and visiting musicians from India, Germany, Austria, UK, France & USA

GROUP EXHIBITIONS

o Drawings/Paintings, The Drawing Room, Lahore, Pakistan 2012
o Drawings/prints, Hunerkada gallery Islamabad, Pakistan 1994
o Wood-cut prints, Shakir Ali Museum, Lahore 1992

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

o Zahoor-Ul-Akhlaq gallery, NCA, Lahore 2011
o Lahore Chitrkar gallery, Lahore (2001, 2004, 2006) 2009
o Rock Gardens, Chandigarh, India 2007
o The CPI(M) head-office, Delhi, India 2007
o Private showing, drawings/paintings, Lahore 1998

SET DESIGN & EXECUTION

o Stage plays, Lahore Grammar school, Lahore 2011-2012
o ‘Puran Bhagat’, Theatre production by Roshni Village: school for special children, 2010
o ‘Dukhini’, the first joint Pakistan-Bangladesh production, Lahore, Karachi, Islamabad, Dhaka, Chittagong 2007
o ‘Bala King’, adaptation of Bertolt Brecht’s ‘The resistible Rise of Arturo Ui’, Goethe Center & Ajoka Theatre, Lahore 1998
o Installation, the Black History Month, New York 1990
o Haitian Dance Festival, New York 1988

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

o Paradise & Crispin restaurant, Lahore 2004-2005
o Atithi, Kababish & Chatkhara restaurants, New York, USA 1987-1991
o Art director, Wings Communications, Karachi, Pakistan 1985-1986
o Studio Incharge, Hawk Advertising, PAF, Lahore 1984-1985
o Art designer, Khyber Horse Film Company, Pakistan office, UK 1984
o Assistant Art Director, MNJ Advertising, Karachi 1983
o Art Director/Studio Incharge, Omen Communications, 1980-1982

TEACHING

o Visiting Faculty, Lahore School of Economics (LSE). Visual communication, design fundamentals, Drawing & Painting studio, Lahore 2012–2015
o Senior Painting & Drawing instructor, Lahore Chitrkar. Figure drawing from life, still life oil painting, wood-cut/Lino-cut printmaking, Lahore 2001–2011
o Instructor, Hunerkada Academy for Visual & Performing Arts. Design studio & art theory, Islamabad 1992-1993

EDUCATION

o Advance techniques in print making, School of Visual Arts (SVA), New York 1990
o Portrait & figure painting, SVA, New York 1989
o NDD, Major: Graphic Design & Advertising, National College of Arts (NCA), Lahore 1981

Contact
lahorechitrkar@gmail.com
facebook.com/shahidmirza

Art by Shahid Mirza
Features on the
May 2017 poster
of Surrey Muse

This particular painting was chosen
by Art director Mariam Zohra
from the following four paintings

#1

#2

#3

#4

Art Director was captured by #2 because, she says:
obvious choice;
incredible figure/being at centre;
shocking burgundy red in a green frame, the white eyes
.’
A striking image, indeed.
Thank you, Shahid Mirza, for letting us feature it on Surrey Muse poster.
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Navpreet Kaur – Painter

Navpreet Kaur

lives and works in her own Studio in Kaladham, Greater Noida near New Delhi

painting for the last 25 years

Solo Exhibitions
Painted Terracotta Pottery, Chandigarh, 1995, 1996.
Terracotta Pottery, Apeejay College of Fine Arts, Jalandhar. 1996
Painting and Pottery, Indusind Bank , Chandigarh, 1998
Painting Exhibition, Fine Arts Museum, Panjab University, Chandigarh 2011, 2015
Painting Exhibition , Azad Bhavan Gallery, ICCR, New Delhi 2016

Participation
Regional Art Exhibition, PLKA, Chandigarh, 1989, 1990.
Exhibition of Paintinsg, Books and Cultural Artefacts, Punjab School Education Board, Mohali 1994
Kalagram Rashtriya Utsav, North Zone Cultural Centre, Chandigarh
Annual Art Exhibition, CLKA, Chandigarh 1996.2006
Surajkund Crafts Mela, Surajkund, Haryana, 1996
Annual Art Exhibition, WE – a Groupf of Women Artists, Chandigarh, 2004 -09
All India Art Exhibition, AIFACS, New Delhi, 2010, 2012
150 Years of Income Tax in National Building -Chandigarh Chapter – a Special Exhibion, 2011.
4th Contemporary International Mask Exhibition , New Delhi & Italy 2012
Continuum – a groupf show of 24 artists, ArtLife Gallery, Noida,
2011
NDMC Centenary Celebration All India Art Exhibition 2014
Alla Prima International Art Fair, through Kadamb Art Gallery, New Delhi 2014

Workshops
Painting in WaterColors, The Watercolors, Chandigarh, conducted by eminent watercolourist Baldev Raj Ratan, 1992, 1994
All India women painters camp, Kud (J&K), NZCC, 1994
International Women Day Painting Workshop, We – a group of women artists, Chandigarh 2004 -2006
Artists Camp, Fine Arts Department, Punjabi University & Patiala Heritage Society, Patiala, 2005.

Collections
Government Museum and Art Gallery, Chandigarh
Punjab School Education Board, Mohali
National Institute of Fashion Technology, Mohali , Punjab
Private collection in India & abroad

Studio/Residence
6202, ATS Greens – 2 , Sector 50, Noida, 201307
Studio A 73, Kaladham, Knowledge Park I, Greater Noida
Mobile No. 8800703491, Landline 0120 42111 384
navy65@live.co.uk

Art by Navpreet Kaur
Features on the
April 2017 poster
of Surrey Muse

This particular painting was chosen
by Art director Mariam Zohra
from four paintings
taken from Navpreet’s online exhibition at Uddari Art

#1

#2

#3

#4

Art Director Mariam Zohra’s response regarding her choice for #2:
‘Orange is dilated, face is center: I like that the parrot face is centred and it contrasts with the purple face and an orange dupatta cover-cloth.’
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Akram Varraich – Painter/Photographer


Akram was born in 1952 on the right bank of River Chanab in the Punjab province of Pakistan. He is a self taught painter who began painting in 1993 when he spent a year living in an artists commune with painters Iqbal Rasheed, Ahmad Zoay and Shahid Mirza. The commune was located in Iqbal Rasheed’s home in Lahore where ‘they would make paintings and after a few months they’lll collect everything, sprinkle oil on it, and they would burn them / oh log paintings bananday san te fer kujh maheenay baad sab nu ikatha kar k uttay mitti da tel panday san te sarr deinday san.’

Akram uses oil and acrylic but his favored medium is watercolor. Khalid Iqbal is one of the artists he likes. Selections of Akram’s photographs have also been exhibited. He is now working on landscape with ink and reed featuring the gardens of Lahore.

Akram studied linguistics in Moscow, and he lived in Sweden and Spain before settling in Lahore, Pakistan.

Exhibitions 2008-2016
Waheed Tea Stall, Wazirabad
Hoori Noorani, Karachi
Sheema Kirmani, Karachi
Hoori Noorani, Karachi
Bahauddin Zakariya University, Multan
Chitrkar, Lahore (photographs)
Waheed Tea Stall, Wazirabad (photographs)

Contact
akramvarraich@yahoo.com
tel.03004891199
facebook.com/akram.varraich

Art by Akram Varraich
Features on the
March 2017 poster
of Surrey Muse

This particular painting was chosen
by Art director Mariam Zohra
from four paintings
taken from Akram’s Facebook page

#1

#2

#3

#4

Art Director Mariam Zohra’s response regarding her choice for #4:
‘open space
composition
color, the green is brought out by the others
it steps out
reminds of peace.’
Thank you, Akram, for letting us feature your art on Surrey Muse poster.
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