Pakistani artists breathe life into works of art

Rizal Faisal

The Brunei Darussalam Maritime Museum was a myriad of colours with the work of three Pakistani artists showcased during a three-day exhibition.

The exhibition held to mark Pakistan’s 73rd Independence Day saw paintings by Rakhsahanda Aftab, Shehla Rahman and Saleemullah Sohoo on display.

No stranger to Brunei

Rakhsahanda’s work focussed on landscapes and shapes with one including the explanation of the beauty and nature of today’s landscape.

No stranger to Brunei Darussalam’s art scene, Rakhsahanda has also exhibited her paintings in Oman in 2005.

In 2010 she showcased her work named Peaceful Reflection at the Rainforest Gallery, 2016 saw her work featured at the Dermaga Diraja Art Gallery on Pakistan regional culture while in the same year she participated in the Pakistan Culture, Tourism and Food Festival.

Rakhsahanda Aftab with her works. PHOTO: RIZAL FAISAL

With the support of the Pakistani High Commission in Brunei Darussalam, she successfully organised events marking Pakistan’s 70th Independence Day at the International Convention Centre in Berakas.

A graduate in Fine Arts in 1999, she has won awards, trophies, medals and certificates for her work.

Several awards

Shehla who has conducted solo exhibitions in many countries, said her work focusses on the recognition of women and children and the appreciation of landscapes.

While she graduated in Art History in 1986, she has received awards for her work in various exhibitions raising awareness against terrorism and violence against humanity from Oman to Switzerland with international artists from 1987 until today.

Portraits his forte

Saleemullah’s interest in arts is centred on portraits with emphasis on world leaders.

He has presented his work to the King of Saudi Arabia, President of Iran, two Prime Ministers of Pakistan and more recently a unique portrait of His Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu’izzaddin Waddaulah ibni Al-Marhum Sultan Haji Omar ‘Ali Saifuddien Sa’adul Khairi Waddien, Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam which includes the history of Brunei on it. The Islamic Art and Calligraphy Exhibition was held from August 16 – 18.