Simply Sublime

Author: Dr. Akbar Naqvi

Behind Unver Shafi’s latest exhibition lies an unusual story. There is a carpenter, Hanif, who has been framing Unver’s canvasses for years. Hanif is a reticent man. Continue reading

Bare Minimum

Author: Quddus Mirza

The work of Unver Shafi stands out in subject as well in visual treatment. His recent solo show – at Chawkandi Art in Karachi from February 14 till 22 – revolved around basic forms and minimal colours. Continue reading

Meshing Urban with the Rural

Author: Marjorie Husain | Publication: The Review - (p.14) | Dated: 6 Mar 1997

The elegance with which Unver Shafi Khan merges the dramatic simplicity of uncluttered lines with evocative power is the principal characteristic of his current display Continue reading

Agony and Ecstasy

Author: Marjorie Husain | Publication: The Review - (p.14) | Dated: 29 Oct 1998

Eagerly anticipating his forthcoming exhibition at his favourite venue, the Alhamra Gallery in Lahore, Unver Shafi Khan extracted individual paintings to show me from Continue reading

Landscapes and Bath Island Poets

Author: Marjorie Husain | Publication: The Review - (p.28) | Dated: 26 Mar 1998

Contrasting moods are revealed in the exhibition by National Award- winning artist Anwar Shafi Khan at the Chawkandi Art Gallery, Karachi. Not surprising as diversity Continue reading

Jargon, Identity and Space

Author: Amra Ali

Recent painting by Unver Shafi presents a visual feast in their initial impact. Showing this month at the newly renovated Chawkandi Art, Karachi, Shafi’s work seems to be at a crossroads; the smaller (almost) modest Continue reading

Unbroken Wholeness

Author: Sheherbano Hussain | Publication: Newsline - Art Line | Dated: Nov 2000

Unravelling spatial issues and exploring the interrelation between objects and space is a challenge that is unique to painters. While sculptors and ceramists focus Continue reading

The Form

Author: Marjorie Husain

In the 1950s and ’60s, a group of American artists reacted against the drips and gestures of abstract expressionism, to evolve a method of their own. A form of abstraction which covered the surfaces of canvases Continue reading

Playing by the Rules

Author: Dr. Akbar Naqvi | Publication: The Herald - Fine Arts (p.134) | Dated: Apr 1998

It was a relief to see that Unver Shafi’s paintings were not dumb, waiting to be given speech by the artist’s statement in writing, Instead, we were solicited to view Continue reading

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