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.’
Thank you, Navpreet, for letting us feature your art on Surrey Muse poster.
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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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March 24 Gathering of Surrey Muse

58th Gathering

Author Ruth Kozak
Poet Joìniìna Kirton
Performer Sherry Duggal
Open Mic Opener Idrian Burgos
BookSigning Author N. K. Johel
Featured Art by Akram Varraich
Host Sana Janjua

5:30 – 8:30 PM
Room 405 – City Centre branch
Surrey Public Library
Phone: (604) 598-7420
(Surrey Central skytrain)

Open Mic
Refreshments
Book Table

Free event
Donations welcome

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NEW! Featured Art on Surrey Muse posters
Surrey Muse Art Director Mariam Zohra has begun
a new poster series to showcase work of guest artists.
This month, our poster features art by
Akram Varraich

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