Abrar Ahmed is one of the most well-known names in the art world of Pakistan. Abrar’s success in the art world is not only limited to Pakistan, but also beyond. His work has been displayed in leading art galleries both nationally and internationally. Other than being loved by the general masses in the art world, Abrar is very popular among notable art collectors as well, thanks to his distinct style of painting.
There are many artists who paint what they see in the culture. They take inspiration from their surroundings and express their ideas in their own ways. Abrar is no different. His work is very deeply connected to his native culture, which is shows through his own visual vocabulary. This style that he works in is not something common, as he has spent a long time in developing it himself. This individuality that is seen in Abrar’s work is what has taken his name higher in the art world.
What Abrar is most famous for are his paintings of women. These pieces are works of romance. He shows the beauty of these women through his spontaneous strokes. His work reminds of the earlier miniatures done in the traditional techniques, where the women’s faces were highly stylized, their necks were elongated to add even more elegance and flow to the painting, and their hands were eloquent and detailed.
Also similar to traditional miniatures is Abrar’s addition of birds, moon, and jewelry in his paintings as supporting elements for the composition. This revival of traditional miniature techniques into spontaneous painting is Abrar’s strength and the reason for his fame.
Other the other hand, Abrar also works with forms that are less adorned and more intriguing. Here, the bright tones of the female figurative paintings is replaced by somber browns and the spontaneity of the brush turns into carefully crafted black lines. This kind of work captivates the viewers and makes them see the images even more closely.
No matter which style Abrar works in, however, his work is full of his own individual style that shows a modern and breathtaking view of his own native culture.