He lives and works in Lahore. Hasan graduated from National College of Arts (2006). Hasan moved on to receiving numerous awards, namely, ‘Best Young Painter,’ Punjab Arts Council (2007), Commonwealth Connection International Fellowship, (2008). Residencies have included, Art OMI, New York; Storefront Artist Project, Massachusetts; VASL, Karachi; Second Rybon International Artist Workshop in Tehran, Iran. He taught at the Indus Valley School of Arts and Architecture, Karachi from 2008-2014. Hasan is currently teaching at the National College of Arts, Lahore. Hasan has held several solo projects and group shows nationally and internationally. His practice has recently been captivated by classical European portraiture and figurative painting.
Artist Statement
The works that I have produced for this project is an homage to Abu al Hassan Ghaffari, also known as SaniolMolk, one of the master water colourists from the Qajar period of Iran. There was an abundance of cultural interaction and trade between the people from the Middle East, Europe, China, Africa and India. There are still huge settlements belonging to the Persians, Arabs, Afghans, Africans, Chinese and Turks in the subcontinent. During the course of time they have intermingled, traded and created ample cultures and formed new languages. One of these languages is that of our homeland- “Urdu”. It is such a vast language that you can find yourself speaking it in Manhattan, China, London, Syria and even in the unexplored beaches of Sri Lanka.
lrfan Hasan
Saud Baloch, 2018
Opaque watercolor on paper
23 x 30 inches