Visual Artist: Paintings
Born October 22nd, 1970 in Lahore, Pakistan, Gul Zahra earned her Masters in Fine Arts degree from the prestigious National College of Arts (N.C.A.), Lahore in 1993. Her thesis mural depicted the life of Buddha in the miniature style of painting. She was subsequently appointed Assistant Professor (1994-1995) at N.C.A. where she taught miniature painting, sculpting, and life drawing. Gul specializes in miniature painting and portraits. During her time at NCA she researched techniques such as “Siah Qalam” (or ink), “Gadh rang” (opaque water painting), special pencil drawing technique of the ancient Mughal art, Tibetan art in Buddhism, calligraphy, “Bhoj Patra” painting (wooden scrolls), and ivory painting. Gul also has extensive experience with oil/pastel/acrylic painting, water color, charcoal sketching, sculpture, ceramics, print making, textile designing, product designing, theater, puppetry, mimes, and set designing. After coming to the US, Gul has done various art projects and has also taught art at the high school level. Her work has been exhibited all over the world including numerous venues in the US like the Hudson Gallery NJ, Pacific Asia Museum CA, and the Freer Art Gallery at the Smithsonian Institute DC. Gul Zahra currently resides in Houston, Texas.