Soraya Sikander ‘INSCAPE’ Reviewed by Nigaah Arts & Culture from South Asia



She presents a new series of calligraphic landscape paintings based on her interpretation of Pakistan.

Her paintings ‘Sunset‘ and ‘Horizon dark‘ are a showcase of different times of the day at a particular place. She shows the transformation of things and how they emerge as totally different in different hues and shades.

Mangroves are purposely painted in murky shades of green to show their true colours. Very close to reality, they show the mesh of various vines under water.

Sea and Sky are two distinct paintings yet show a similarity of theme. Likewise, pond and forest are reflections of these specific places that show resemblance in many forms. Butterflies, Bushes and Florescent  are interesting depiction of flowers and

natures beauty. The most striking comes across the Webby, Velvet and Lace that are a bunch of flowers painted to perfection. Indoor Red 1 and Indoor Red 2 are series of two similar paintings showing vases that see, to be emitting fragrance.

This is the artist’s nineteenth exhibition held at the prestigious unicorn Gallery 2018 in Lahore. Soraya Sikander has also exhibited at the National Art Museum as part of the

Beijing Biennale 2018. Soraya Sikander landscapes reference actual locations, describing the idea of being at a place – as seen through the mind. Attended by leading curators, museum and gallery directors. ‘Pond’ painting is also featured prominently in the exhibition and is the invitation card cover.

Soraya Sikander paintings are critically acclaimed.

The artist has enjoyed commercial success and has been ranked as ‘Artist to watch’ making her one of Pakistan’s leading contemporary painters. Soraya Sikander trained in fine arts from the London Atelier of Representational Arts, University College london Slade summer school, Beaconhouse National University Lahore. She has exhibited her art at Galerie Patries Van Dorst in Netherlands, Etihad Gallery Abu Dhabi, National Art Museum of Ras Al Khaimah, Alhamra Arts Council, Unicorn Gallery, and National Art Gallery of Bangladesh Shilpaka Academy.

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Leading art gallery of Pakistan, Unicorn Gallery was Founded by art critic Seemah Niaz. Unicorn specialises in the history of Pakistani and Indian painting and has presented works by some of the most distinguished South Asian painters including Ustad Allahbux, Abdur Rahman Chughtai, Ahmed Parvez, Bashir Mirza, Colin David, F N Souza, Gulgee, Jehangir Sabavala, Krishen Khanna, M F Husain, Murtaza Bashir, S H Raza, Shakir Ali and Vasudeo S. Gaitonde. Unicorn has a high reputation for the quality of its exhibitions, Annual Art Book Fair exclusive to Unicorn, art scholar talks and documentary screenings. Unicorn is also active in the preservation of the history of regional painting by way of a prolific production of art monographs and books. Unicorn Gallery has hosted retrospectives of major masters including: Sadequain’s Rubbiyats, Jameel Ahmed A Forgotten Master, Ghulam Rasul - Pakistan’s most influential landscape painter and most recently Laila Shahzada a life - The legacy of a pioneer of modern painting in Pakistan. Unicorn Gallery was Founded by Seemah Niaz. Unicorn Gallery specializes in Modern and Contemporary South Asian Art and has a high reputation for the quality of its exhibitions, annual art book fairs, lectures, documentary screenings, launches, seminars, internships and other opportunities. Unicorn Gallery holds numerous thought-provoking exhibitions in collaboration with curators, art galleries, museums, institutes and organizations, and sources to auction houses. We encourage scholarly research and exploration of art as seen from its historical, cultural, and social contexts with art critics and historians. The gallery produces its own exhibitions including traveling shows, introduces new art publications and hosts retrospectives of major painters as well as represents emerging artists, who experiment in a wide-range of media, display technical skill, diversity in portfolio and are innovative in approach. Unicorn Gallery’s exhibitions have encompassed all the visual arts including: painting, drawing, sculpture, printmaking, serigraphs, photography, architecture, film, video and performance. SEEMAH NIAZ was educated at St.George’s School in London, England and Lahore, Pakistan. She is a M.A previous in English Language and Literature from Punjab University, and B.A. in French and English Literature from Kinnaird College. She has been a freelance journalist and has contributed articles to Herald, Newsline, Dawn, Star etc. She has curated numerous exhibitions on South Asian Art in Dubai, New Delhi, Singapore and London and is the Founder of Unicorn Gallery, Karachi, and Unicorn Space, Dubai. She is widely traveled and has taught at The Lyceum School, St. Patrick’s, Karachi, Westminster College and David Game. Seemah is actively involved in social work, promoting literacy and child health in Pakistan. She is the author of the ‘Mona Naqsh’ biography. Niaz has lectured on Pakistani Art at the Royal Asiatic Society of Great Britain and Ireland in London.