As the year wraps up and we suddenly become nostalgic for all the good times while forgetting all the bad, there are some unsung Pakistani artists that DEMAND appreciation. You know why? Doctor aur engineering ke siva kuch aur bhi kerna aik bohot barra jihad hay.
Here’s a bunch of Pakistani artists that were pretty much the best thing about 2016:
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As an illustrator and designer, Zain Naqvi’s work is an amalgamation of investigational storytelling and immediate retort to current events.
A study in surrealism, Jibran enjoys probing into the undercurrents of human psyche.
Some pencil and charcoal and a whole lot of magic.
Samya’s pop art bursts with colors and screams of feminism. It’s an intense labor of love, you can’t help but gape in awe.
As the youngest art director in Pakistan, he is fondly known as “Babman”. His digital art comprises of manga, anime, line art and a wholesome dosage of superhero action.
Carrying a strong inspiration from mythology and history in every stroke, Raza pieces take you back to simpler times.
Based in Karachi, he pioneers in graffiti art, calligraphy and sticker art. Hit him up if you want some dope custom art on your new pair of sneakers.
Art installations, sculptures, oil canvases, sketch work and murals are strewn in between fun Musicly-es, spot-on Dubsmash videos and just a whole lot of personality.
Sadqain’s practice revolves around the human body and the limitations of its movements. His recent work also includes live and performative practices.
Shumyle dips his toes into hand-lettering, typography, illustrations and design. His gallery is a non-stop typeface galore.
Hassan Shah Gillani
The multitalented Gilani HS trades in pencil works that explore the human figure, pen works that are abstract in nature while also indulging in photography as a medium of exploration. To top that off, he’s been dj-ing for six years.
S. M. Raza
Raza is no stranger to limelight: having lent a hand in Pakistan’s first animated movie “3 Bahadur” among many high profile projects, he’s a master of digital art, wall murals and occasional sculpting. His more nutty endeavors include using everyday objects like soap and lentils to make quirky art.
GUYS! GUESS WHAT, YOU’RE IN LUCK!
Red Bull Canvas Cooler has brought all these incredibly gifted artists under one platform: the concept is super cool. Curated by Zain Naqvi, each of them gets to design a Red Bull cooler to showcase their creative license. #canvascoolerpk
Imagine: 12 artists busting their creative juices to bring you cubed coolers reworked into pieces of art – a fairly unconventional medium, don’t you say? The complete collection will be on public display on the 18th of December at the Riots Studio in Lahore before each cooler finds its permanent home in carefully selected cafés, restaurants, hotels and other prominent locations around Pakistan.
Lahore, what are you waiting for?
This post has been sponsored by Red Bull Pakistan #canvascoolerpk
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