Mohammad Ashraf

The role of drawing has always been a main aspect in my creative practices. In present times, it has been evolved into a dual purpose, one as fundamental tool to draw and another as an innovative creative practice. The Drawing is in a state of continual evolution, embracing new media while simultaneously rejuvenating its eroded practices. Drawing itself is a form of critical, archival and textual issues relating to the concept of drawing in its broadest sense.

Progressing from an abinitio to a professional artist, I owe this to late Mr. Colin David, a gigantic and the greatest figurative artist (a master of rigorous drawing skill) of his time. I can vividly recall that while I was engrossed drawing a portrait during my class works at Alhamra Arts Council, Lahore in 1989, I felt a pat on my back. To my pleasant surprise, I found Collin David standing next to my seat, gesturing with his both thumbs-up. That gesture of a legendry artist/teacher was a great source of encouragement, motivation and recognition for me.

I am a graduate of National College of Arts, Lahore with a Masters in Fine Arts from University of East London. I have acquired diverse experiences of various art disciplines in both eastern and western societies. These experiences have been caused the indelible source of inspirations to develop art work in contemporary art practices.

Presently I also engage in writing art reviews on exhibitions held in art galleries based in Lahore. These articles publish in The Daily Dawn and The Daily Nation newspapers regularly.

I also manage a professional/ARCHIVAL FRAMING and PAINTING SURFACES - studio in Lahore which has been acknowledged by most of the artists in Pakistan.

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