Reviving still life painting: Capturing sadness on canvas

‘When will I marry’


Fourteen still life portraits, exploring the everyday expressions of women, by Syed went on display at the Lahore Art Council on December 2. Syed’s third solo show in her 22-year career was received by artists in Lahore as “surprisingly refreshing work.”

Still life figurative painting is disappearing as an art genre in Pakistan because “new generation of artists prefers using new mediums. It is rare that an artist attempts still life portraits as they can easily expose an artist’s limits.” says art professor RM Naeem.

Artist Farazeh Syed is not one of those. “She is courageous,” say veteran artists Iqbal Hussain and Saeed Akhtar.

Akhtar says Syed’s work is prominent for the subject’s loud expressions. “The eyes are bigger, the sentiments obvious. She is also skillful at defining the subjects,” he says.

Syed, 40, told The Express Tribune that she titled the exhibition Saarahe

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