Reflection on the evolution of culture through time and technology

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The Canvas Gallery is hosting Shoaib Mahmood’s solo art exhibition entitled “Same As That” until April 22. According to the artist, this series of paintings highlights the impact that South Asian colonies had on the religion and culture of South Asia.

Mahmood says that coming from a colonial background, we have a variety of cultural and religious influences. Over time, technology has had a massive impact on beliefs and traditions to such an extent that we believe our cultural norms and practices have evolved, he adds.

He says his work reflects the evolution and transformation of religion and culture through time and technology. Mahmood graduated in Miniature Painting with Honors from the National College of Arts, Lahore in 2004. He then obtained his Masters of Fine Arts in Visual Arts from the College of Art and Design, Punjab University, Lahore.

He participated in various group exhibitions after graduation and held his first solo exhibition in New Delhi, India in 2008. Since then, he has exhibited his works in various national and international art galleries. He lives and works in Lahore, as a permanent professor at the College of Art and Design.

From 2009 to 2010, he was a lecturer at the Pakistan Institute of Fashion and Design, Lahore. From 2006 to 2009, he was a lecturer in the Department of Fine Arts at Government College University, Faisalabad. From 2007 to 2008, he was director and in charge of thesis in the miniature painting department of the same university.

In 2015, his solo exhibition titled “Break the Shape, Kill the Shine” was held at Art Chowk Gallery in Karachi. In 2009, his personal exhibition took place at the Drawing Room Gallery in Lahore. In 2008, his solo exhibition titled “BETWIXT” was held at Anant Art Gallery, New Delhi.

In 2012, he was part of a two-person exhibition called “CONVERSATION” with Attiya Shaukat at the Canvas Gallery. In 2011, he was part of a duo exhibition with Habiba Zaman Khan at the Khaas Gallery. In 2006, he was part of a duo exhibition with Hajrah Yousaf Khan at the same gallery.

In 2019, he was part of a group exhibition titled “Canvas & Colleagues” curated by Dr. Naela Aamir and held at the University of Punjab. That same year, he was part of a group exhibition at the Nomad Art Gallery in Karachi curated by Dr. Sumera Jawad.

In 2013, he participated in a collective exhibition at the American Embassy in Islamabad. In 2011, he participated in a collective exhibition in Switzerland. In 2009, he participated in a collective exhibition at the Vogue Art Gallery in Lahore.

In 2008, he was part of a group exhibition organized by Imran Qureshi at the National College of Arts. That same year, he was part of a group exhibition at the Ejaz Art Gallery in Lahore.

In 2007, he was part of a group exhibition in Bombay organized by Hishi & Ritu. That same year, he participated in three group exhibitions at the Canvas Gallery, as well as an exhibition of miniatures curated by Imran Qureshi at the National Art Gallery in Islamabad.

In 2005 he was part of a group exhibition titled ‘SEGREGATION’ at the Anant Art Gallery. That same year, he participated in a collective exhibition at the Chawkandi Art Gallery in Karachi as well as at the Khaas Gallery.

In 2004, he was part of a group exhibition titled “USTAD & SHAGIRD” at the National College of Arts. That same year, he was part of a thesis exhibition at the same college. He also ran an art workshop at Beacon House School in 2005.

In 2000, he received “The End” Dramatic Society Certificate at the National College of Arts’ annual festival. In 2001, he received the ‘Nautanki & Skits’ decoration certificate at the college’s summer festival.

In 2002, he received the sketch writing and solo performance certificate at the college’s annual festival. In 2003, he received the skits certificate at the college graduation.

In 2013, he received the Merit Award at the 27th Annual Alhamra Art Council Lahore Exhibition. In 2004, he received honors in final thesis, miniature painting, at the National College of Arts.

In 1999 he won a jewelry design competition in Zaragali and received a certificate from the World Gold Council. In 2003, he was a sketch director at the National College of Arts Summer Festival.

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