Different strokes. Treasure Trove will showcase different styles of works of 45 artists. Image Credit: Supplied Photo


An online art gallery is launching the works of 45 Pakistani artists, many of them newcomers, at a special show in Dubai Design District from October 6 to 8 in a bid to popularise Pakistani art on a global platform.

Omar Ul Haq, founder and curator of Treasure Trove, said the show would be a marketplace to discover curated art from Pakistan which has a “phenomenal collection” to offer.

“The artists we work with employ different styles ranging from calligraphy and abstract art to landscapes and figuratives. But many of them are not known at the international level, so we wanted to showcase their work to a wide audience,” said Haq.

He said, “Art makes a lasting impact on the beholder — whether it is by a Pakistani or an international artist, a newcomer, or someone who is well established. We believe in art without boundaries.”

Poignant stories

Among the artists who will be exhibiting their works are Sasan Nasernia, Komail Aijazuddin, Hajra Mansoor, AQ Arif, Ali Abbas, Asif Ghayaz, Abrar, Qamar Siddiqui, Salman Farooqi, Raza Memon, Tanya Shah, Mohsin Shaikh, sarfraz Musawir, Aadil Abedi, Muniba Mazari, Saeed Akhter, Moazzam Ali, Raja Changez Sultan, AS Rind and Khusro Subzwari.

Haq said the artworks at the show were not only visually appealing but reflective of the poignant stories of the artists present. “We expect people of different cultures and backgrounds to attend the exhibition and hopefully learn more about Pakistani artists and their works of art. Our clients come from far and wide, including countries like Turkey, Croatia, the United Kingdom and United States.”

He said Treasure Trove earlier featured furniture, home décor and accessories in its earlier editions. “This year, we are focusing only on artworks.”