Irfan Cheema

Life & some other beautiful things II

Opening Reception: January 30, 2024
Time: 4:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Tanzara Gallery, Islamabad
Exhibition continues until 9th February 2024

Tanzara Gallery takes great pleasure in presenting once again the work of Irfan Cheema. Born in 1975, Irfan has been publicly exhibiting his still life paintings since 2017 in art galleries and museum spaces in Pakistan, his country of birth, China, his home for over two decades, and in the United Kingdom.


Though painting from an early age, it was in his thirties that oil painting became a major part of his daily routine. His paintings, which may be described as beautiful, make references to beauty in its various guises and attributes such as nature and sensuality, extravagance of motifs and richness of colour, and yet there is an ever-prevailing sense of temporality characterizing his work. Set indoors, laid out on stone ledges and lit with morning light from a single source, his subjects carefully places along the sweeping folds of intricately woven and richly hued shawls are suspended in time and space.


Life & some other beautiful things II, is a selection of works from 2023 and is a testament to artist’s affection for spectacularly coloured parrots. ‘Budgies are my companions in the studio that I have drawn and painted quite often in the past. I have visited aviaries and zoological gardens to study the larger ones. These wondrous birds can tell that they are being observed and respond with delightful mischievousness. Parrots, large and small, in my paintings are paired with bounties of nature and array of objects that I have collected over the years.’


“Life & some other beautiful things Il’ is his ninth solo show