Qadir Jhatial

I found I could say something with colors & shapes that I couldn’t say any other way – things I had no words for
Qadir Jhatial
30 April – 11 May, 2015


QADIR JHATIAL did his BFA in painting in 2012, from the National College of Arts, Lahore. He participated in Phillips Collection Emerging Artists’ a workshop held by?the US Embassy at The National College of Arts, Rawalpindi 2013.

Qadir had in 2015, a Solo show, Streetwise’ at Khaas Art Gallery Islamabad; 2012, two person show, ‘Sublime Encounters’ at the Rohtas Gallery, Islamabad; Group ?Shows:, Alliance Francaise de Karachi; ‘ Summerscape’ & ‘Sindh’ at Koel Gallery, Karachi; ‘Fresh’, Amin Gulgee Gallery, Karachi; ‘As We Roll Along From Morning to Night’, Satrang Gallery, Islamabad; 2-Dimensional, Spaces Gallery, Karachi, ‘Memories of Future’, Alhamra Art Gallery, Lahore; Emerging Point, Vogue Art Gallery, Lahore; ‘Laberintour,’ Satrang Gallery, Islamabad; Young Pakistani Artists, US Embassy, Islamabad; Young Art (Day After Tomorrow), Alhamra Art Gallery, Lahore; 10th Emerging Talent, V M Art Gallery, Karachi.

Qadir Jhatial lives and works in Lahore.

“Painting your own painting allows you to paint your doubt.” This saying casts a different light on Qadir Jhatial’s working process: on how he insistently retains some semblance of representation via drawing, but only while continually playing his painting over, around, and against that drawing – erasing, occluding, and eclipsing, almost but never entirely, the things he depicts. For all their action and expressivity, in other words, the paintings are not Abstract Expressionist, or even precisely expressionist; neither are they about capturing any emanations of the unconscious. Speaking plainly of recent endeavors to make his painting more concrete, the artist explained that he is interested in painting ‘nouns’ right now: ‘people, places, and things.’ Since Jhatial started the series, the works have unfolded as both ‘direct’ drawing and ‘memory’ drawings, although in either case there is an empirical directness: They are observed from life.