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The rich art of Pakistan.

Pakistani art has developed and grown more sophisticated following a period of intense political upheaval. It makes for a most interesting exhibition at Huddersfield Art Gallery.

Terms of Reference explores the rich, contemporary tradition in Palestine over three generations of artists closely associated with the National College of Arts in Lahore and other centres in Karachi and Islamabad.

The works range from the classical Mughal-style miniatures of Mohammed Imran Qureshi to Lubna Agha's large and dramatic Final Journey (Doli) with striking crimson and blue colours.

Printmaking has an important role in contemporary art in Pakistan, and there are some excellent examples here, for instance Sabina Gallani's large, untitled etchings, with their strong impression of landscape.

I enjoyed, too, the delicious, delicate colouring and shadowy figures in Hassan M's well-crafted etchings and mixed media works. Bold linocuts, with female nudes as their subject, are imaginatively handled by Raz N.

Traditional Islamic calligraphy looms large in Anwar Jahal Shemza's green and yellow Calligraphic Piece (oil).

The exhibition, on loan from Bradford's extensive collection of Pakistani art, runs till April 22.

o Alive and Stitching is the title of an exhibition opening on March 17 at Lupton Square Gallery, Honley.

It shows the work of the Contemporary Art Textile Group, with exhibits ranging from felting to bookbinding, embroidery to sculpture. Artists include Lynn Garbutt, Anne Menary, Dianne Gilder, Peggy Fearne, Jo Owen and Anne Parkin.

* The winner of our Jamie Frost picture competition was Mr B Lynch, of Kirkheaton.
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Title Annotation:Features
Publication:Huddersfield Daily Examiner (Huddersfield, England)
Geographic Code:9PAKI
Date:Mar 10, 2006
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