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Here calligraphy has been transformed for the first time into a painting not merely by colouring the letters but by using them as subject of a painting, complete with space and atmosphere. This is a new ground broken by Arshed and it is a definite step forward in the growth of Pakistani Art.
S. Amjad Ali
Beauty as an aesthetic value banished from the vocabulary of art made a come back.
Dr Akbar Naqvi
Defying the laws of writing and skillfully dissolving the words into abstract compositions Rashid Arshed paints with the sure handedness of a pro.
He approached the genre in terms of form and space or motif and design rather than in terms of words and their meanings and declared that he was “alien to its linguistics and close to its aesthetics.
Salwat Ali, The Daily Dawn
Rashid Arshed's works are culmination of a conversant process that we find less frequently in the age of new post modernism. He uses the complexities of the brush-paint-canvas relationship to draw out a series of lyrical and expressive gestures while ensuring that the formal qualities of the canvas are not relinquished.
Nafisa Rizvi,The Herald
The art of Painting in Pakistan is rooted in the calligraphy of Islamic Art. These calligraphic trends can be seen in the most attractive compositions of Rashid Arshed where the original elements of the country are still discernible.
Hans Theoder, Die Welt, Germany
Time and again, on canvas and on paper, Rashid Arshed rejoices in the very art of seeing the visual procession and transformation of life. In order to paint, the artist opens the “Window” of the canvas to the inside and, at the same time to the outside. He provides us with a cornucopia of sensation, which encourages us to have freedom of thought.
George S Bolge
Director, Art Center of New Jersey
Rashid Asher's work is about the reinvention of aesthetic elements of our heritage. In his process he employs text at times decipherable but integrated into sensuous surfaces and minimal compositions.