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Artist Spotlight Maryam's story of Art

June 23rd, 2017

Artist Spotlight  Maryam

Art makes people and people make art. It is a tricky yet an incredulous and intriguing combination. Our incredibly talented artist Maryam Mughal embodies this combination to its perfection. Hereby, she would be sharing the story of  her venture into the world of art and colors with us in her own words.

What inspired you to become an artist in the first place?

Since a child, the air in front of me was the canvas and I was brushing it with colors of my thoughts. One day I did it on paper
and the world around me said, wow, since than I was titled as a natural artist and my hands itch to create more art to beautify
life around me. I paint my desires, my expressions and expectations towards life according to my violent mood swings. For me,
each of my painting is more like my own baby as I feel my soul in it.

What are your favorite media and themes which you prefer to work upon?


Contemporary modern and figurative is my favorite domain to work. Yet I have trained myself to work on art assignments too, as a decade of work has enabled me to grasp the idea and tailor it to clients’ demands. I’m inspired by nature, pain and
transitions. I love painting beyond constraints of time and space. My hobby is my profession so I don’t see myself retiring any time in life. I want to leave some work which makes me eternal. The journey of the artist in me has faced every possible
adversity; from rejection to alienation, from ridicule to exploitation but it only grew stronger and today when I look with in, I don’t see much of myself except than an artist.

What are your career aspirations?


I Am a BFA graduate with 10 years of experience in Graphics, advertising, print media, Radio and TV. My favorite job is to create unique style paintings and artworks in different mediums. I have been associated with an international art gallery from a long
time. Also, I love creating functional artistic concepts and communicational illustrations, books and magazine design. I started my career as a Client Executive/Assistant Creative Manager in an Ad Agency in Islamabad and that’s how I got in to Advertising
Industry in 2007. Being a Fine Arts student  I had an added advantage of understanding  creativity in communicational design. My career aspirations thus run along similar lines.


From the vantage point of an artist, if you had to say something to the world, what would that be?


I believe that drawing and painting serves as a timeless means of communication since art is that expressive therapy that makes me and everyone feel connected to an image of the world that extends beyond the senses; a world in which time is still and one achieves inner peace.

Kufic Calligraphy at its best

May 31st, 2017

Kufic Calligraphy at its best

Kūfic script, in calligraphy is the earliest extant Islamic style of handwritten alphabet that was used by early Muslims to record the Qurʾān.

* Characteristics of Kufic Calligraphy


This angular, slow-moving, dignified script was also used on tombstones and coins as well as for inscriptions on buildings. Some experts distinguish Kūfi proper from Meccan and Medinese scripts, which were also used to copy the Qurʾān.

* Kufic- Why and How?

The script was called Kūfi because it was thought to have been developed at Kūfah in Iraq—an early Islamic centre of culture. Simple Kūfi was developed early in the Islamic era; the earliest surviving copies of the Qurʾān—from the 8th to the 10th century—were copied in it.

Later a floral Kūfi flourished, and several other varieties of the script developed, including foliated Kūfi, plaited or interlaced Kūfi, bordered Kūfi, and squared Kūfi. It went out of general use about the 12th century, although it continued to be used as a decorative element to contrast with the scripts that superseded it.

* Kufic calligraphy at its best

CATF has an expansive collection of calligraphy which encompasses a diverse variety of techniques and styles. Despite this rich diversity in our themes and styles, our collection of Kufic Calligraphy still tends to stand out. The beauty of this style lies in its difficulty of legibility.

Literacy may be limited but its aesthetic beauty has always been accessible to all, and it is this very beauty of these patterns that matters.

Our kufic calligraphy tends to be austere, and derives its beauty from the purity of its austerity; however simultaneously it lends itself to clever, even playful variations only limited by one's creativity.

CHECK OUT our incredibly varied and creative compendium of kufic calligraphy today at
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Kufic Calligraphy at its best

May 31st, 2017

Kufic Calligraphy at its best

Kūfic script, in calligraphy is the earliest extant Islamic style of handwritten alphabet that was used by early Muslims to record the Qurʾān.

* Characteristics of Kufic Calligraphy


This angular, slow-moving, dignified script was also used on tombstones and coins as well as for inscriptions on buildings. Some experts distinguish Kūfi proper from Meccan and Medinese scripts, which were also used to copy the Qurʾān.

* Kufic- Why and How?

The script was called Kūfi because it was thought to have been developed at Kūfah in Iraq—an early Islamic centre of culture. Simple Kūfi was developed early in the Islamic era; the earliest surviving copies of the Qurʾān—from the 8th to the 10th century—were copied in it.

Later a floral Kūfi flourished, and several other varieties of the script developed, including foliated Kūfi, plaited or interlaced Kūfi, bordered Kūfi, and squared Kūfi. It went out of general use about the 12th century, although it continued to be used as a decorative element to contrast with the scripts that superseded it.

* Kufic calligraphy at its best

CATF has an expansive collection of calligraphy which encompasses a diverse variety of techniques and styles. Despite this rich diversity in our themes and styles, our collection of Kufic Calligraphy still tends to stand out. The beauty of this style lies in its difficulty of legibility.

Literacy may be limited but its aesthetic beauty has always been accessible to all, and it is this very beauty of these patterns that matters.

Our kufic calligraphy tends to be austere, and derives its beauty from the purity of its austerity; however simultaneously it lends itself to clever, even playful variations only limited by one's creativity.

CHECK OUT our incredibly varied and creative compendium of kufic calligraphy today at
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Anne s Story Of Art

May 6th, 2017

Anne s Story Of Art

Our weekly contest winner, Anne Gifford shares her journey of art

* Anne, when and why did you get interested in art?

I have been creating art of some type or another since the age of 4. I am forever grateful that my parents enthusiastically encouraged me to express my creativity, and after attempting to finish a college curriculum in social work, I opted to follow my heart and switched to fine art.

* What art media interests and inspires you?

After graduating with a BFA, I began my career as a silkscreen artist. After 25 years of printmaking, I now work with watercolor where I build successive layers of color to create my vibrant, rich, and detailed paintings. I have lived in Boulder since 1976 and find inspiration in the natural beauty of Colorado. On my many walks and hikes throughout the area, I am always on the lookout for new imagery. Light, shadows, rocks, water, mountains, canyons, wildlife and whimsy are all part of my subject matter as I bring my own unique vision to my work.

* Any other achievements that you would want to talk about?

I am an award winning artist and the seven time poster artist for the Bolder Boulder 10K Memorial Day Race, one of the largest road races in the United States. My paintings have been chosen to represent The 150th Anniversary of Boulder County and the 40th Anniversary of Boulder County Open Space.

I additionally enjoy teaching watercolor classes to senior citizens at the East Boulder Senior Center in Boulder, Colorado, as it provides me with a rewarding platform in which to share my talents.

* If you had to give a message to all aspiring artists out there what would that be?

When I create a landscape sometimes I feel as though I am recording the natural beauty surrounding us for future generations. I hope my viewer will experience the happiness I felt as I created it.

My message to all aspiring artists would be....paint!!!!!! (or draw, or make prints or pottery....)

To get to know more about our contests and more about Anne, check out our website today at

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CATF And Truck Art

May 1st, 2017

CATF And Truck Art


Truck Art- What is it?


Pakistan’s ‘truck art’ is now quite a well-known ‘genre’ around the world. For long, it has been an homegrown art-form in South Asia, especially in Pakistan, where the whole idea of decorating trucks (also, lorries and even rickshaws) with complex floral patterns and poetic calligraphy, has evolved in the most radiant and innovative manner

You so can’t miss out on these trucks!

Anyone who has been to Pakistan knows that the sight of a fully decorated truck is unforgettable. A truck embellished from bumper to bumper with paint and colorful, sculpted metal is expressive and captivating in ways that few other artistic media can duplicate. Decorated Pakistani trucks declare a dazzling, exuberant artistry that is unmatched on vehicles anywhere else in the world.

So what does this art form comprise of?

Pakistani truck art takes two forms— murals or painted scenes and “decoration pieces.”

Decoration pieces typically adorn a truck’s side carriage and are placed on top of a mural or painting. Ranging in size from less than a square foot to more than six feet, decoration pieces are often the flashiest part of a fully embellished truck. Consisting of a metal base covered with colorful reflective stickers, or chamak patty, and further highlighted with mirrors or studs, decoration pieces are shaped to represent any of the truck art motifs, such as birds, fish, and flowers. The decoration piece is an important flourish on the truck because the artistic materials make the piece the most reflective part of the vehicle. There is no Urdu word for decoration piece, and both truck drivers and truck artists will use the English term.

CATF and Truck Art

CATF’s collection of truck art comprises of both these murals and decoration pieces. Check out our vivid and exuberant collection of truck art today at
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CATF and Pop Art

April 16th, 2017

CATF and Pop Art

Hey folks!
This week, the art movement which we would be featuring is Pop art.

What is Pop Art?

The first question which would have popped to your mind would be that what this movement is about.
Pop Art is a modern art movement that developed in the 1950s and 60s. It was created by the Scottish sculptor and artist Eduardo Paolozzi in London, 1952. Andy Warhol, Robert Indiana and Roy Lichtenstein are examples of pop artists.

What are the Themes covered by Pop Art?

Pop art has themes and techniques drawn from popular mass culture, such as advertising and comic books. Pop art employs images of popular as opposed to elitist culture in art.

What are the Methods of Pop Art?

• The artists use mechanical means of reproduction or rendering techniques which downplay the expressive hand of the artist.
• Pop artists went for absolute clarity. Most forms were bordered with black lines as in comic books. The objects are often plain like a poster, and without perspective. The colours are clear, achromatic and primitive colours.
• Objects of the everyday life get isolated and modified or processed in collages. Pop art is a connection between reality and art, handled with abstract means. Some of their catchwords are: popular, consumable, cheap, funny and outstanding.
• Much of pop art is rather academic, as the unconventional organizational practices used often make it difficult for some to understand.
• Pop art and minimalism are considered to be the last modern art movements and so the precursors to postmodern art, or some of the earliest examples of postmodern art themselves.

CATF has an entire range of artworks which cater to this particular style and taste. To check out our work in Pop Art, click on the link below
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Mazhers Story of Art

March 29th, 2017

Mazhers Story of Art

When a poet digs himself into a hole, he doesnt climb out. He digs deeper, enjoys the scenery, and comes out the other side enlightened.

― Criss Jami, Venus in Arms

For me an artist is this very person. For me, art is this very hole. There is no end to it, no banality, only far-reaching enlightenment.

However, art per say can never be pinned down in the shackles of word or speech. It escapes and evades all such confinement. It is more like love, or as Iqbal would say Ishk . Something to be felt but never truly articulated. Something with a myriad of expressions and dimensions, not one monolithic definition. Something that reaches far beyond our comprehension and understanding yet envelopes us from all around.

My journey as a visual artist began from a very young age. I think I was in grade 7 or 8, when I started sketching and soon this fervor took the shape of a passion for oil paints. The feeling that consumed me when brush strokes were my arsenal and canvas my story of life is something which I find difficult to articulate. I would just dig deeper and deeper into this hole, stay in for as long as I could, wished that I could never come out of it, but whenever I did, I was always a new person; a more sensitive being, a more denaturalized individual and undoubtedly possessed an enlightened visage.

Art for me was more than colors. It was energy. It was energy to be felt, radiated and consumed by sensitive souls. I can confidently assert that my life as an artist paved the way for my life as a spiritual healer. These very experiences were responsible for making me susceptible and vulnerable to the multitude of energies which surround each of us every second of every day. Nature and Figurative Art have been some of all my all-time favorite themes. Nature has always been kind to me. She has been my Mother Goddess, inspiring me, nurturing me and endowing my soul with indescribable depth.

The binary of essence and existence is another theme which interests me greatly and serves as an inspiration for me at countless times. Yet, it is at times, when art becomes capitalized, that I lose my inspiration, but then again my calling hails me.

If I had to say something about myself, it would be that art awakened me spiritually. It made me aware of and vulnerable to auras. It made me harness my negative energies and of those around me to tune in to positive frequencies. It propelled me to think deeply and more profoundly. It instigated me to think outside the box and to outdo conventions. Most significantly, it made me feel love, peace and light. If I were to sum up my existence in one phrase, it would be that I am all love, am all peace, am all light.

Aesthetic Art and CATF

March 12th, 2017

Aesthetic Art and CATF

Overview

During the mid-nineteenth century, the provocative and sensuous Aesthetic movement threatened to dismantle Britain's fussy, overbearing, and conservative Victorian traditions. More than a fine art movement, Aestheticism penetrated all areas of life - from music and literature to interior design and fashion. At its heart was the desire to create "art for art's sake" and to exalt taste, the pursuit of beauty, and self-expression over moral expectations and restrictive conformity. The freedom of creative expression and sensuality that Aestheticism promoted exhilarated its adherents, but it also made them the object of ridicule among conservative Victorians. Nonetheless, by rejecting art's traditionally didactic obligations and focusing on self-expression, the Aesthetic movement helped set the stage for global, twentieth-century modern art.


Key Ideas

1. Rebelling against Victorian materiality and modern industrialism (particularly what they criticized as the impoverished and repetitive designs of consumer products created cheaply by "soulless" machines), Aesthetic artists placed a premium on quality craftsmanship in the creation of all art. Some even revived pre-industrial techniques in the process.

2. Aesthetic artists touted the adage "art for art's sake," divorcing art from its traditional obligation to convey a moral or socio-political message. Instead, the focused on exploring color, form, and composition in the pursuit of beauty.

3. Distinct from the Victorian preference for fussy decor, curvaceous forms, and abundant detail, Aesthetic art is characterized by subdued colors, geometric designs, and simplified linear forms. The movement took as its primary sources of inspiration Pre-Raphaelite painting's of flaming red haired beauties, medieval geometric designs, and Japanese motifs and aesthetics.

4. The Aesthetic Movement maintained that art should not be confined to painting, sculpture, and architecture, but should be a part of everyday life. To this end, Aestheticism embraced not only the "high" arts, but also ceramics, metalwork, fashion, furniture-making, and interior design. Many Aesthetes, most notably Oscar Wilde, even adopted public personas through which they lived according to Aesthetic principles.

CATF

CATF has a diverse range of art which adhere to the tradition of aestheticism. To check out our collection of aesthetic paintings click on the link below.

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Artist Spotlight Mawras Story of Art

February 28th, 2017

Artist Spotlight  Mawras Story of Art

This week CATF bring forth to you the tale of one of our most talented artist's journey into the realm of art and colors.

Mawra will be sharing with us her story of inspirations and achievements in her own words.



Art washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life.

-Pablo Picasso

I believe that in this world, almost every artist uses their practice to clean up their souls from ordinary mess. It is sometimes much easier to create when we are experiencing discord. Peace and contentment can dampen creativity.

The pavement I walked through was that of perceptions, emotions, thoughts and experiments which I term as experiences. This unity of experience traces the inner-self, which is actually me. Being a visual artist, All is flux is the notion that inspired me to explore my surroundings. I find pleasure in applying my knowledge in a multidisciplinary context, be it in making paintings, videos, and sculptures or applying it in interior spaces as an installation. I enjoy conceptualization for feasible concepts which focus on detail, aesthetics and environment-friendliness.

My bachelor in Fine arts drew my attention towards visual arts. At the same time, I was curious to observe the general influence of globalization on art, architecture and culture. Therefore, after completing the PGD in Visual Arts, now I am doing M Phil in Communication and cultural studies from National College of Arts. Definitely, all of these subjects have broadened my vision towards critical thinking and writing.

However, when I am creating I enjoy exploring how my ideas can grow throughout the making process, in specific the close connection between materials, processes, concepts and creative thinking. My fragile mediums allow me to think with my hands, as the feeling of cloth, texture of leaves and thread under my fingers gives me the feedback I need.

With time, obsession of observing the nature has drawn my attention towards natural mediums. In my recent art practice I have experimented with multiple natural mediums to understand the changes it goes through with the passage of time.

To stress upon the phenomenon of flux I condensed my choice of plants to stemmed roses. I have frozen the transformation of roses on diverse stages to conserve the particular time and different phases of change. But despite of all the effort the phenomena of flux is still existent and all the experiences of change are just conserved in my mind. I admit that my passion is largely fueled by my desire to evolve, change, and try new things.

Passion for paintings and photography forced me to conserve the various stages of change in all material culture and to record how these changes occur. Furthermore, I have also captured in my paintings how carnivals, cultures, and architectures of all countries are affected by globalization. Also, my photographic documentations of historical palaces and crafts have donated me an extra insight into the background reasons for which architecture or crafts were made by ancestors and how it is ruined by descendants.



Artist Spotlight- Exclusive Feature

February 18th, 2017

Artist Spotlight- Exclusive Feature

Ever wondered whose creative genius it was which connected with you through that particular piece of art? Ever wondered whose inspiration caught your eye and touched some place deep in your heart? Ever wondered whose hand made those brush strokes? Ever wondered whose heart came up with those symphonies which made your heart beat a little wilder, yet a little calmer? Ever wondered whose brain it was that envisioned such majestic colors and made them palpable for you in paper?

Ever wondered who is the muse behind your favorite art?

Ever wondered whose creation it is which is in sync with your being?

We know that you wonder so.

We know that you would dearly like to be acquainted with these miraculous artists who can bring to you the mottled moon, to touch and to feel; who can make the russet evenings and autumn skies stay with you eternally, who can make you appreciate the beauty that surrounds you like no other being and who leave a mark in your being which can not be tarnished or effaced.



And so Corporate Art Task Force brings for you its Exclusive Artist Spotlight Feature Series.

Get to know the faces behind these creative veils and have a peek inside their inspirations, their muses and forces which drive and sustain them.

Every week, meet one of our creative geniuses and get to know more about the people who make you want to reach your souls



with our Exclusive Artist Spotlight Feature.



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