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GCU luminaries immortalised in pencil portraits

 

The pencil portraits of eminent luminaries of Government College University Lahore are once again put on display at the Minhas Art Gallery for Old Ravians and art lovers. This is the second exhibition of these portraits made by the university’s Fine Arts Department Chairman Erfan Ullah Babar.

 

Punjab University College of Arts and Design Principal Prof Dr Shahida Manzoor and noted Old Ravian artist Ejaz Anwar inaugurated the exhibition that would remain open for three weeks. The 28 pencil sketches include of writer Muhammad Husain Azad, poet Allama Muhammad Iqbal, Syed Imtiaz Ali Taj, Sir Ganga Ram, Dr. Abdus Salam, Major Shabbir Sharif Shaheed, Dharam Dev Anand, Prof Aslam Minhas and Chaudhry Zafarullah Khan. 

 

Students and teachers take keen interest in pencil portraits of eminent Old Ravians

by noted artist Erfan Ullah Babar at the GCU  

 

Speaking on the occasion, Prof Shahida Manzoor said that pencil sketches was one of most difficult medium of art, adding that the portraits made by Mr Erfan Ullah Babar exhibits the strong character and personality of these eminent luminaries  of GCU.

Prof Dr Shaukat Mahmood said pencil had been a very favourite and a forceful medium of Neoclassical and Romantic draftsmen of the eighteenth century, and Mr Erfan Ullah Babar was causing a renaissance of this technique and art. “His portraits which are being showcased in this exhibition furnish the finest lessons to our students of art and design,” he said.

 

Talking about his work, Erfan Ullah Babr said that understanding about art in our society was lesser than any other subject related to human abilities and knowledge and it was because of the lack of fundamental knowledge delivered to young generation, especially at the level of primary education. The artist said that he had used the pencil tool to draw the portraits and thoroughly enjoyed the exploration of the personalities’ trait as reflected in their appearance. “I tried to meld the lines to create a blend of tones which finally highlighted the contours of a certain personality. I use the elasticity, stretchiness and thickness of lines in accordance with the anatomy and features of the face which bring the whole drawing into a pure from and volume. Adding up extra lines in to a portrait brings more interest and energy into it,” he said.

(18-01-2017)

 

 

GCU celebrates 154th Founders’ Day

 

The Government College University Lahore (GCU), to celebrate its 154th Founders’ Day, unveiled the handmade pencil portraits of some of its eminent luminaries who had studied at the oldest seat of higher learning in Pakistan since its foundation on Jan 01, 1864.

 

Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Hassan Amir Shah inaugurated the exhibition titled Founders’ Day Exhibition at the University’s Minhas Art Gallery, saying that “we owe a deep debt of gratitude to a long list of illustrious luminaries of GCU who toiled ceaselessly to bring this great institution to its present position of eminence.”

 

The pencil portraits of as many 29 luminaries of GCU from different fields of life, including literature, art, music and science, were put on display at the exhibition that would remain open till January 31, 2017 for Old Ravians and art-lovers. The portraits were pencil sketched by Fine Arts Department in-charge Erfan Ullah Babr in a period of six months.

 

Vice Chancellor GCU take keen interest in

pencil sketches of illustrious Old Ravians

GCU VC accompanied by Teaching and Administrative

Heads is cutting the cake.

 

Speaking on occasion, Prof Shah also said that social progress was inconceivable without progressive and liberal institutions like Government College University Lahore, so they must be protected, strengthened and upgraded to match with the demands of new age. He lauded the skills and hard work of Mr Erfan Ullah Babr in making these pencil sketches. He also remembered that the Mr Erfan had last year put on display the pencil portraits of the 25 Principals of Government College Lahore. “These portraits reflect the love and affection of the artist with GCU,” he said.

 

Mr Erfan said that GCU was a witness to three centuries and had served as a nourishing stream to hundreds of generations of talented men and women. “So, there is long list of illustrious Ravians even impossible to count. “So I tried to pick at least one from different fields of life for my first exhibition on the topic,”. He said that he had a plan to compile a book of pencil sketches portraits of almost of all eminent Old Ravians from 1864 to 2016.

 

The 29 pencil sketches include of writer Muhammad Husain Azad, poet Allama Muhammad Iqbal, Urdu dramatist Syed Imtiaz Ali Taj, music composer Khwaja Khurshid Anwar, philanthropist Sir Ganga Ram, Nobel Laureates Dr. Abdus Salam and Dr. Har Gobind Khorana, jurist Muhammad Rustam Kayani, Nishan-e-Haider and Sitara-e-Jurat Major Shabbir Sharif Shaheed, actor Dharam Dev Anand, historian Prof H. L. O. Garret,  fine arts teacher Prof. Aslam Minhas and first foreign minister of Pakistan Sir Chaudhry  Muhammad Zafarullah Khan. Earlier, a cake-cutting ceremony in connection with GCU Founders Day was held, which was attended by all academic and administrative heads.

 

(03-01-2017)

 

 

 

GCU unveils pencil portraits of its principals

 

The Government College University, Lahore Fine Arts Department, celebrating its 152nd Founders Day, unveiled the handmade pencil portraits of all its twenty five principals who had headed this prestigious and oldest seat of higher learning from January 1, 1864 to 2002.

 

Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Hassan Amir Shah inaugurated the exhibition titled “Founders’ Day Exhibition” at the Minhas Art Gallery, saying that these legendary academicians made GCU a citadel of academic excellence where ideals of tolerance and co-existence had also flourished with commitment. He said that traditions set up by these academic leaders were like lampposts which guided them in their journey to peaceful and prosperous future. He lauded the skills and hard work of Fine Arts Department Incharge Erfan Ullah Babr in making these pencil sketches, saying “these portraits also reflect love and affection the artist with GCU.”  

 

Prof. Dr. Hassan Amir Shah take keen interest in
pencil portraits of GCU Principals

GCU VC accompanied by Teaching and Administrative

Heads is cutting the cake.

 

The pencil portraits of GC’s founding Prof Dr G.W Litener, first Indian principal Prof G.D Sondhi, first Muslim principal Prof A.S Bukhari and last principal Prof Dr Khalid Aftab remained center of attraction at the exhibition. Speaking on the occasion, Erfan Ullah Babr said pencil portraits from references of old and small pictures was a difficult task and it took him several months to complete this project. The exhibition would remain open till January 20, 2016. Earlier, a cake-cutting ceremony in connection with the GCU Founders’ Day was held at the university’s New Meeting Rooms which was attended by all academic and administrative heads. Speaking on the occasion, Vice Chancellor Prof Shah said the biggest challenge to the university today was dearth of space. He hoped that GCU KSK Campus would be built soon with the government grants.

(04-01-2016)

 

Monochrome painting EXHIBITION ON MUGHAL ARCHITECTURE AT GCU

The Government College University Lahore Minhas Art Gallery has put on display the monochrome paintings of its alumnus, an internationally renowned artist, who is a Mughal with a mission to preserve the architecture of his ‘ancestors’. “I am not a king like Akbar, Jehangir, Shah Jahan or Aurangzeb who built such mega structures but I am an artist who can preserve these historical buildings through his skills in art, said Rauf Ahmed Mughal while addressing the inauguration of his painting exhibition at his alma mater.

Sajjad Kausar, the former principal of National College of Arts, inaugurated the exhibition which housed about twenty monochrome paintings of Badshahi Mosque, Gawalior Gate India, British Pavilion Lahore, Wazir Khan Mosque, Lahore Fort, Lahore Museum, Lal Qila Delhi, Faiz Mehal Bahawalpur, Ajmair Shareef India, Jharoka, Place of Maharaja Udaipur, Town Hall and Punjab University Campus. The two paintings of GCU Clock Tower and one of Chahburji are also part of the exhibition

“As I am Mughal by cast, so I have an inborn admiration to the Mughal architecture which unfortunately is decaying with time and urban development.” said Rauf Mughal, adding that he had worked eight to ten hours a day for continuous three years on these paintings of different monuments. Rauf Mughal has a mission to draw the Mughal architectures from different angles on his canvas to preserve it for future the generations.  

Sajjad Kausar admired the Rauf Mughal’s monumental pen and ink paintings, saying that most astonishingly; there was uniformity in the colour tone of all the twenty paintings. He said monumental motifs on the borders had further beautified and embellished the single colour paintings.

Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Hassan Amir Shah said monuments’ 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 on the traditional art,” he added.

Eminent artist Dr Ijaz Anwar also visited the exhibition and lauded the artwork of Rauf Mughal. Irfan Ullah Babar, the incharge of GCU Fine Arts Department, said that the exhibition would remain open till Dec 30, 2015.

 

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(17-12-2015)

 

GCU pays tribute to the sacrifices and bravery APS Peshawar martyrs

 

The young artists of Government College University Lahore (GCU) Fine Arts Department relived the painful and heartrending memories of terrorist attack on Army Public School (APS), Peshawar through their artwork at the poster exhibition opened at the university’s Minhas Art Gallery. About 50 artworks of young fine arts students are put on display at the exhibition that is dedicated to the sacrifices and bravery of to 151 schoolchildren and teachers who lost their lives in terrorist attack on APS Peshawar in December last year.

 

“It’s almost a year but the wounds of APS carnage are still fresh, and I strongly believe that education for all will ultimately be the real revenge, said Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Hassan Amir Shah while addressing the inaugural ceremony of the week-long exhibition.

 

“It’s education that will wipe out the terrorism; you can fight it and stop it for a period of time but ultimately education will end it, said Prof Shah who was pleased to see that many students have themed their posters on importance of education for fighting terrorism. He also paid glowing tributes to the soldiers of the country’s armed forces, who are sacrificing their lives in war against terrorism, so that “our children can safely continue the mission of APS martyrs i.e. education.”

 

Addressing the ceremony, GCU Fine Arts Department Incharge Erfan Ullah Babar said Dec 16 was a Black Day in the history of humanity which could never be forgot. He appreciated the enthusiasm and patriotism of the young artists, saying that “you art clearly depicts that terrorists have failed and the great sacrifice of APS schoolchildren have united us as nation to promote their mission of education. He said a student had beautifully depicted terrorism in his artwork as “ignorant against the innocents.”   

 

Talking to media, the young artists said that it is difficult to draw or create something on APS carnage, because it multiplies their pain and grief over the massacre of innocent schoolchildren. “I have a younger brother and I see the faces of innocent APS martyrs in him,” said Mehwish Saleem, a fine arts student. The Chinese delegates participating in an international conference at GCU visited the exhibition paid tributes to the sacrifices of APS martyrs. “Chinese and Pakistanis are brothers and they were our children too,” they said.  

 

The exhibition will remain open till Dec 15, 2015 and many school delegations are scheduled to attend it.

 

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(11-12-2015)