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Art Galleries in Karachi

Looking to decorate your home with tasteful, eclectic art but not sure where to shop? Luckily for you, there’s no scarcity of art galleries in Karachi. Well established galleries like Chawkandi Art and the V.M. Art Gallery can be trusted to provide authentic artwork by contemporary artists. Up and coming galleries like the Sanat Initiative are also a good place to shop for high-end artwork.

The top art galleries in Karachi showcase work by young, emerging talent as well as renowned, master artists of South Asia such as Jamil Naqsh and Sadeqain. Artwork created using a range of mediums, from oil paintings to photographs and even installations created using metal, is available for interested buyers at these well-renowned art galleries.

Top Art Galleries in Karachi

Koel Gallery

Established by Noorjahan Bilgrami, Koel Gallery features exhibitions by up and coming artists as well as industry veterans. Most exhibitions are designed to showcase art created in multiple mediums. Canvas paintings and photographs are often featured alongside installations created using various materials.

 

KOEL ART GALLERY KARACHI
A glimpse of the gallery from the courtyard

The gallery nearly always has an exhibition going on and exhibits are on for longer periods of time so there’s always a good chance of catching one that you’re interested in. Koel Gallery is currently showcasing the work of Roohi Ahmed in an exhibition called “Liminal Space”. Koel Cafe is in the same vicinity as the gallery, so you can also get a bite to eat after an exhibition!

Current exhibition: Liminal Space

When: 8th-22nd September

Timings: 5:00p.m.-9:00p.m.

Where: F42/II, Block 4, Clifton

Contact: 021-35831292

Website: http://www.koel.com.pk/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/KOELGallery?fref=ts

Canvas Gallery

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Canvas Gallery in Karachi

Dedicated to the promotion of modern art, Canvas Gallery showcases young artists from all over the country. If you’re interested in unconventional exhibitions, Canvas Gallery is the place for you. From paintings and digital prints to sculptures and video installations, Canvas Gallery provides a space for artists to express themselves in any possible medium.

The gallery’s most recent exhibition, “The Fine Line” features work by three young artists. The exhibition explored a diverse range of themes. Cyra Ali, a graduate of Indus Valley, explored themes of sexual identity in her work. Fatima Munir, also an alumni of Indus, showcased political themes in her art, using inkjet on canvas. Umar Nawaz, a graduate of the National College of Arts, used steel and iron sculptures to talk about physical strength (and vulnerability). This exhibition is typical of the diverse and experimental nature of the artwork that the gallery strives to promote.

Current exhibition: The Fine Line

When: till 10th September

Timings: 5:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m.

Where:  D40/1A , Block 4 , Kehkashan, Clifton

Contact: 021-35861523

Email: [email protected]

Website http://www.canvasartgallery.net/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/canvas.gallery.karachi?fref=ts

Chawkandi Art

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Chawkandi Art in Karachi

Established over two decades ago, Chawkandi Art has garnered a reputation for itself in the art world. Roomy and well-lit, the space is very well thought out and designed to walk you through any exhibition in a very structured order. The gallery showcases work of the highest aesthetic quality. If you’re looking to furnish your home with elegant paintings and prints, Chawkandi Art is definitely worth checking out.

Chawkandi Art’s most recent exhibition was entitled “The Neoterics” and showcased the works of four artists: Hoor Ahmed, Mehreen Fatima, Momina Muhammad, Qutub Ali and Syed Hussain. While there is not always an exhibition going on at Chawkandi Art, the gallery can always be trusted to provide high-quality art whenever you are looking to decorate your home.

Opening hours: 11:00 a.m.-9:00 p.m. (Monday-Saturday)

Where: 105, Marine Point,DCI, Kehkashan, Block 9, Clifton

Contact: 021-35373582

Email: [email protected]

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/chawkandi1985

Eye for Art

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Artwork showcased at Eye for Art

Established in 2003, Eye for Art specialises in buying and selling artwork by renowned artists from India and Pakistan. Showcasing pieces by master artists like Najmi Sura and Sakti Burman, Eye for Art can always be trusted to provide authentic artwork. The gallery also aims to promote artwork by young artists. If you’re interested in decorating your homes with artwork that is firmly rooted in the aesthetic heritage of the Subcontinent, Eye for Art is the place to go.

Recently, the gallery showcased work by Pakistani legends Gulgee and Sadequain, whose pieces were quick to sell-out. Eye for Art also holds numerous exhibitions in the United States. So if you’re living in the States and looking to invest in Pakistani art, keep checking their Facebook page for exhibitions near you.

Opening hours: 11:00 a.m.-9:00p.m.

Where: 22 C/1, 6th Commercial Lane, Zamzama

Contact: 021- 35378368

Email: [email protected]

Website: http://efa.com.pk/index.html

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/eyeforartpk?ref=br_rs

V.M. Art Gallery

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An art installation by Shehzad Hyder at V.M. Art Gallery

A venture of the Rangoonwala Trust, V.M. Art Gallery is a non-profit organisation that is focused on promoting the work of new artists. The gallery provides a space for emerging artists and recent graduates from art schools all over the country to showcase their work and make it available to potential buyers. The gallery also awards annual art scholarships to students who require financial aid while pursuing art degrees.

The space itself is much bigger than most other galleries in the city, split into three levels. Exhibitions at the gallery showcase artwork with distinctly local aesthetic sensibilities by contemporary artists. Anyone who is interested in investing in artwork by Pakistan’s emerging talent should definitely make the time to check-out V.M. Art Gallery.

Where: ZVMG, Rangoonwala Community Centre, Plot # 4 & 5, K.D.A. Scheme -7, Block-4,
Dhoraji Society

Contact: 021-34948088

Email: [email protected]

Website: http://www.vmartgallery.org/index.php

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/VM-ART-GALLERY/289373804362?fref=ts

Emerging Art Galleries in Karachi

Sanat Initiative

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Artwork by Farhat Ali displayed at the Sanat Initiative

Recently established, Sanat Initiative showcases work by young, emerging artists. The gallery features eclectic artwork and holds frequent exhibitions. It’s most recent exhibition, entitled “How Did I Get Here?” featured work by Farhat Ali. The artist used pop culture references to create miniature artwork rooted in the Mughal tradition. This exhibition is characteristic of the unique work often featured at Sanat.

Upcoming exhibition: Chup Kahani- Works by Zahid Mayo

When: 11th-21st September

Timings: 5:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m.

Where: F-39-1/A, Block IV, Clifton

Contact: 0300 8208108

Website: http://www.sanatinitiative.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/initiativesanat/timeline

Momart

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Momart Art Gallery in Karachi

Spacious and beautifully decorated, Momart promotes work by young artists. “Empty Souls”, it’s most recent exhibition, showcased the work of Mohammad Ali Bhatti. The exhibition featured vibrant art created using local references. Momart also rents out space for anyone interested in holding an exhibition or event. There is not always an exhibition going on, but the gallery always has artwork on display and is open to all art enthusiasts.

Opening hours: 11:00 a.m.-7:00 p.m.

Where: 74-D, Block 2, Clifton

Contact: 021-35296801-02

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/GalleryMomart

Unicorn Art Gallery

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Unicorn Art Gallery in Karachi

Established by Seemah Niaz, Unicorn Art Gallery showcases contemporary South Asian art. The gallery hosts exhibitions by up and coming artists and also holds retrospective exhibitions featuring work by renowned painters. Artwork and installations created using multiple mediums are often part of their exhibitions.The gallery is always open for art lovers and buyers and is definitely worth checking out.

Opening hourse: 11:00 a.m.-8:00 p.m.

Where: D116/1A, Block 4, Scheme 5, Clifton

Contact: 0300-8260580, 021-35877625, 35831220

Email: [email protected], [email protected]

Website: http://unicorngalleryblog.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/UnicornGallery

ArtChowk

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ArtChowk in Karachi

ArtChowk showcases work created in a range of mediums from photographs to clay sculptures. The gallery aims to promote work by emerging artists and can be trusted to provide high-quality artwork for interested buyers. It’s upcoming exhibition, “Cartography”, will be clay sculptures created by Shazia Zuberi. Zuberi’s work is inspired by the aesthetics of the Mohenjo-Daro and Harappa civilisations. We highly recommend ArtChowk for enthusiasts interested in contemporary artwork.

Upcoming Exhibition: Cartography by Shazia Zuberi

When: 15th September-3rd October

Timings: 5:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m.

Where: Suite 102, 1st. Floor, Clifton Centre, Schon Circle, Block 5, Clifton

Contact: 021-35300482

Email: [email protected]

Website: www.artchowk.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ArtChowk.the.Gallery?fref=ts

 

 

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