Graffiti has always remained an understated art form; it has been associated with vandalism and of course, the streets. Drive through a ghetto neighbourhood or even a rather aristocratic one, and you’re bound to see some graffiti on the walls – messages full of hate, political views, random numbers and even awe-inspiring creations and drawings. Without doubt, it is art in its rawest of forms and now, Abdullah Ahmed Khan aka Sanki King - whose artistic works were restricted to the streets in the past - has effectively made his way to a gallery space. On June 4th, he held his first solo exhibition at the Sanat Initiative in Karachi.
Sanki King’s art, like the work of any artist, is an explicit form of self-expression which he conveys through his dark canvas paintings and hieroglyphs. His exhibition also featured caligraffiti which has been influenced by both Pakistani and Arab culture. His expertise lies in bringing together ancient styles with contemporary techniques – something presented in a South Asian cultural framework.
According to Images, the exhibition also included live graffiti sessions apart from the display of Sanki King's work. It showed walls drowned in King's wild style along with canvas paintings. His inspirations are incorporated nicely in his work which define his drive for perfection. He states:
"My goal was always to become a better artist and improve my work."
The artist feels that art is used to express your inner self and it doesn’t matter whether it is displayed in galleries or on the streets; art has a significant role to play and that role is the expression of a free mind and body.