Lahore:December 16: The Government College University (GCU) Minhas Art Gallery on Tuesday displayed monochrome paintings of its alumnus, who is now an internationally renowned artist.
“I am not a king like Akbar, Jahangir, Shah Jahan or Aurangzeb, who built such mega structures but I am an artist who can preserve these historical buildings through my artistic skills,” Rauf Ahmed Mughal said while addressing the inauguration of his painting exhibition.
Former National College of Arts (NCA) principal Sajjad Kausar inaugurated the exhibition, which housed about 20 monochrome paintings of the Badshahi Mosque, the Gawalior Gate India, British Pavilion Lahore, Wazir Khan Mosque, Lahore Fort, Lahore Museum, Lal Qila Delhi, Faiz Mehl Bahawalpur, Ajmair Shareef India, Jharoka, Palace of Maharaja Udaipur, Town Hall and Punjab University Campus. The two paintings of GCU Clock Tower and one of Chuburji are also part of the exhibition.
“Being Mughal by caste, I have a natural inclination towards Mughal architecture, which unfortunately was decaying with time and urban development,” Rauf said, adding that he had worked eight to 10 hours a day for the past three years on these paintings of different monuments.
Kausar admired Rauf’s monumental pen and ink works, saying that astonishingly, there was uniformity in the colour tone of all the 20 paintings. He said that monumental motifs on the borders had further beautified and embellished single colour paintings.
GCU Vice Chancellor Dr Hassan Amir Shah said monumental drawing was a difficult medium and unpopular in young artists who mostly preferred digital work. “I hope the outstanding monochrome drawings of Rauf Mughal would inspire the young artists to venture towards traditional art,” he added.
The exhibition would remain open until December 30..Daily Times.