Mr. Shafique Farooqi born in 1942 in Sialkot, He had done his Master from Istanbul University and NCA In his 59 years of his art career he has done more than 10,000+ art pieces and 106 Solo shows in USA, England, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Germany, Sudan, France, Canada, Holland, Turkey and Pakistan. He has mastered the arts of Free hand Sketches Calligraphy, Landscape, Watercolor, Etching, Symbolic art, ceramic art, Symbiosis concept of art (Journey of Line) and Spiritual art (Whirling Dervishes) which reveals his personality in a novel creation, “The Tale of Drunken Flute in Whirling Dervishes”, already launched in Pakistan & Turkey.
In his early-career Shafique Farooqi has taken to the painting of calligraphy. His calligraphic paintings aimed at painting the letters of the Arabic alphabet.
Mr. Shafique Farooqi fascination with Calligraphic art over 59 years, His artistic journey simultaneously Travers twin paths, virtuosity and wisdom Mr. Farooqi has published his 6th book “ لا الہ الا اللہ” and working on his 7th book “محمد رسول اللہ” which his Knife and hand truly reflects Calligraphy as seen
Mr. Shafique Farooqi spent almost 17 Years of his life in Turkey from 1983 to 1999 and honorably represented Pakistan at all levels. He received 5 prestigious awards during his stay in Turkey. He taught Islamic Calligraphy and Landscape of Pakistan to hundreds of students. In Turkey, he creates the concept his work is influenced by Sufi mysticism. In his this series of paintings, he uses the whirling dervish “SEMA” of the Mevlevi order as his inspiration. During his stay in Turkey he also create a new concept in the field of art “Symbiosis concept of art (Journey of Line)”
Mr. Shafique Farooqi’s 260 painting has commissioned in USA, England, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Germany, Sudan, France, Canada, Holland, Turkey and Pakistan.
Mr. Shafique Farooq received 28 National and international Awards and 14 honors in the field of art.
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“My paintings are formed out of my impressions, observations and my emotional experiences I see reality as an endless process of conflicts and decisions, therefore the tonality of experience can never be resolved in a definite way. The texture of life is like the surface of a block of clay; it is shaped and molded by the circumstances of daily conflicts, personal and collective catastrophes and individual questioning. My work lives on this quest until it becomes a rite of realizations, a struggle for the possibility to order the sensation of consciousness.
I don’t use a paint brush. I use Palm of my hand to paint the canvas. My fingertips trump and knife to sharpen the edge. I feel that each letter has a character of its own, which the artist must portray with beauty. The letter must speak through the medium to present its meaning"
Muhammad Shafique Farooqi.