EXHIBITION: Soraya Sikander ‘In, At and Around’ Alhamra (2014)

A new approach to landscape painting 'in, at, around'

A new approach to landscape painting 'in, at, around' invite

A new approach to landscape painting 'in, at, around' press release

New approach to paintings on display

She paints landscapes interpretative of her immediate environment where dramatic lighting is conspicuous


In, At, Around exhibition series release and catalogue

Work 'Eclectic and Exuberant' Soraya Sikander exhibition

Diverse and experimental, the works of the young artist Soraya Sikander recently found a receptive audience at Lahore’s Alhamra Art Gallery. While the subject matter may have been conventional in its focus on landscapes, cityscapes and still life, the approach was an attempt to bring a new perspective and verve into these familiar and popular themes



Schehrazade Alam, an artist, said Sikandar’s paintings could qualify as masterpieces.

Salima Hashmi said that Sikandar’s work was impressive.



LAHORE: A solo exhibition titled ‘In, At And Around’ by Soraya Sikandar that opened on Monday at the Alhamra Art Gallery continues to attract visitors.

Soraya Sikandar is a Karachi-based artist. For her current series of paintings on display, she has made use of oil on canvas, watercolour on paper and charcoal/ink drawings.Her work consists of cityscapes that she has chalked out of her own memories from her travels.

Praising her work, Alhamra Art Gallery Curator Tanya Suhail said, “I think it is a very different point of view that Soraya has tried to put forward through her paintings.”

She also said that her paintings represent more contemporary landscapes which is what makes her work so different from other artists doing landscapes.

Her landscapes are interpretative of her immediate environment. Her work employs a dramatic use of lighting and some of them have very vibrant colours. She breaks complex imagery into simple forms and shapes, imbuing it with a sense of dynamism, hence setting her work apart from other landscape artists.


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