Moving Art: Haider Ali

The Promenade Gallery and the South Asian Gallery of Art


Moving Art: Haider Ali

June 7 – June 13, 2013


Moving Art celebrates the art and craft of truck artist Haider Ali from Karachi, Pakistan. Truck art has been recognized around the world as a distinct and vibrant form of decorative art practice that has its roots in traditional, folk and popular art, contemporary poetry and music. It has a strong public appeal and following country wide and a workshop based apprenticeship practice that has long waiting lists.

This exhibition underlines the profound influence of Truck Art on Pakistan’s visual culture and its people. Artistic depiction of political figures, monuments and majestic birds and animals, along with poetic messages and humorous anecdotes, give a new meaning to art on wheels. There is never a dull moment when travelling on the city roads or highways, as you have art galleries on wheels passing by that demand your attention and appreciation.

Haider Ali started his apprenticeship under his father at age 7, initially helping out with colour mixing and filling colours in drawings. Haider painted his first truck at age 16 and by age 32 he had painted over 1000 trucks, including one for the Smithsonian Museum in Washington and the London Olympics. He recently showed his work at the Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto.

Opening Reception: Friday June 7, 2013 – 6:00-9:00pm (Artist will be in attendance)

Location: Promenade Gallery, 943 B Lakeshore Road West, Mississauga, Ontario, Canada

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