Chawkandi art is Pakistan’s most established and prestigious art gallery. It opened in 1985 with a vision of showcasing works of masters, celebrated senior artists and burgeoning young talent. It initiated the promotion of art in an unprecedented manner and soon became the leading center of art in Pakistan.
The gallery has launched the career of many well-known artist such as Summaya Durrani, Quddus Mirza Samina Mansuri Imran Qureshi, Aisha Khalid, Khadim Ali and Naiza Khan. When contemporary miniature was frowned upon in orthodox circles Chawkandi Art by showcasing works. Of imran Qureshi, Aisha Khalid, Nusra Latif Qureshi, Talha Rathore and Sumera Tazeen played a role in popularizing contemporary miniature.
The gallery exclusively represented the works of Zahoor ul Aklaq and Shahid Sajjad. The former being the most influential artist of our time who pioneered the configuration of miniature traditions with indigenous art and initiated a dialogue between contemporary and traditional art. Chawkandi art continues to be a reliable dealer of authentic works of masters such as Chughtai, Sadequain Ahmed Pervaiz, Bashir Mirza, Colin David and Ismail Gulgee.
It provides advice to buyers and collectors. The gallery encourages the works of younger artists by holding regular shows artist talks discussion s book launches and invites senior and emerging artists to develop imaginative and collaborative works. It has developed a state of the art data base of Pakistani art with extensive resource material. Chawkandi Art moves into the future with an understanding of new dimension and roads taken by Pakistani artist internationally and ready to explore all avenues of creativity.