Muhammad Arshad

Capturing the Spirit of the Forest – Muhammad Arshad

Viewing the gentle landscapes of Muhammad Arshad is balm to the troubled spirit. Here is a world of innocence where small creatures make their homes and peacocks gaze at the world from slender branches of trees in the forest glades of the Changa Manga. Here Shadows fall across the tangled grass; trees shed their leaves for autumn is the artist’s favourite season. Working at different times of the day, he discovers nuances of mood and light, a wealth of nature’s designs, and he favours trees without leaves, graceful and elegant in their uncluttered linear beauty. Arshad adeptly captures the passing time, his subject standing out against distant, soft impressions of clumps of foliage against a background of pastel skies. With apparent ease the artist creates imperceptible gradiations of merging colours. There is peace and softness in the world he discovers not the loneliness or isolation one tends to sense in the landscape paintings of artists such as Edward Hopper. Indeed it seems that the artist reminds us of a world outside the teeming, troubled cities, and evoking a comforting assurance of continuity. The pattern of nature seemingly reigns supreme, and the observer is aware of a release of unrealized tension when entering the panorama of the spacious glade.
The artist is a familiar figure with the forest keepers who live in simple shelters constructed from mud, wood and reeds. The keepers are comfortable with the artist’s presence and raise no objections when he includes them in his compositions.
A former student of the College of Art and Design, Punjab University, Muhammad Arshad considers he is fortunate to live within the precincts of the Changa Manga forest and he spends a great deal of time quietly wandering among the forest glades, there he sets up his easel or begins preliminary sketches finding constant sources of inspiration. The artist graduated with M.A.Fine Arts in 2002 and began to focus on his work.
When Anna Molka Ahmed established the Department in 1940, painting outdoors became a custom of the fine arts department. Some of finest artists of the landscape genre in the country have emerged from the college, and distinguished artists carry on the teaching traditions.
Arshad’s work has been appreciated in various group shows, national exhibitions and annual events arranged by the Artist’s Association of the Punjab. His work was seen in a solo exhibition held in 2007, and currently is mounting the second solo exhibition at the Ejaz Gallery, Lahore. There the collection of paintings displayed portray the authentic depiction of the natural world seen through an artist’s eye.

2010 Solo Exhibition “Essence of Natural Reserves” at Ejaz Art Galleries, Lahore.
2007 Solo Exhibition at Royaat Art Gallery, Lahore.

Selected Exhibitions

2009 “Royaat Retrospective” Group Exhibition at Royaat Art Gallery,Lahore.

2008 “National Integration Through Art” participated in two travelling exhibitions arranged by Punjab Council of the Arts, Lahore.

2007 “Master Strokes” Exhibition held at Collectors Galleria, Lahore.

2006 “Landscape & Imagination” at Royaat Art Gallery, Lahore.

2005 “Image of Pakistan” Exhibition arranged by World Bank, Islamabad.

2004 “3 Young Painters” Group Exhibition at Co-opera Art Gallery, ahore.

2003 “All About Life Style” DAWN Exhibition held at Avari, Lahore.

Participated in all Exhibitions held by “Punjab Artist Association” and “Young Artist Association of Pakistan” since 2002.

Date of Birth: 1978-06-01 in Lahore, Pakistan.

Qualification: 2002 M.A. Fine Arts College of Art & Design University of the Punjab, Lahore. 2000 B.A. Fine Arts University of the Punjab, Lahore.

Workshops Conducted:


  • Muhammad Arshad, Oil on Canvas, 36 x 45, Landscape paintings

    Code: Muhammad Arshad, 29

  • Muhammad Arshad, Oil on Canvas, 20 x 24, Landscape paintings

    Code: Muhammad Arshad, 09

Artist List

A. Q. Arif
A. R. Nagory
A. S. Rind
Aamir Kamal
Abdul Jabbar Gull
Abdullah Ali
Abid Aslam
Abid Khan
Abrar Ahmed
Abu Hanzla
Adnan Baig
Ahmed Ejaz
Ahmed Khan
Ajab Khan
Akbar Hafeez
Akram Spaul
Al Firdous
Ali Abbas
Ali Azmat
Ali Farhan
Ali Hammad
Ali Karimi
Ali Mansur
Ali Saad
Ali Sajid
Amber Munir
Amir Changezi
Amjad ali Talpur
Amna Hashmi
Amna Ilyas
Amra Khan
Anas Ghauri
Aneela Khursheed
Anjum Ayaz
Anna Molka Ahmed
Arif Changazi
Arif Khan
Asad Faruki
Ashraf Heera
Asim Amjad
Aslam Kamal
Asma Khan
Asrar Farooqi
Ayesha Butt
Aylia Adil
Bandah Ali
Bin Qullander
Brishna Amin Khan
Dr. Khalid Mahmud
Erum Akhtar
Faheem Baloch
Faiz Supro
Fareeha Shahid
Farkhandah Shahzad
Farrukh Adnan
Hafsa Faryal Khan Kayani
Hala Nasir
Hifza Khan
Hira Siddiqui
Hira Zubair Ghakar
Humayun Khan
Husnain Awais
Hussain Jamil
Iqbal Durrani
Iqra Ayyaz
Irfan Qureshi
Jamal Shah
Jamil baloch
Javed Iqbal Mughal
Jibran Shahid
K. Mehmood
Kashif Khan
Khalid Khan - KAAY
Kisa Fatima
Komal Shahid Khan
M. Mohsin Shaikh
Maham Gull
Mahrukh Bajwa
Maliha Azami Aga
Mansoor Rahi
Maqbool Ahmed
Marwah Hafiz
Mashkoor Raza
Masooma Abbas
Mehwish Shauket
Mian Athar
Mudassar Ali Zaib
Mudassar Kazmi
Muhammad Arshad
Muhammad Hussain
Muhammad Sulaman
Muhammad Tariq
Munawar Mohiuddin
Muneeb Ali
Muneeb Qureshi
Muzna Mahmood
Nageen Yousaf Chaudhry
Najia Azmat
Noormah Jamal
Nyla Talpur
Qurrat ul Ain
Rabia Tariq
Rahim Baloch
Raja Najam
Ramsha Rubbani
Rasheed Butt
Raza Bukhari
Rizwan Ali
Rukhsana Mehmood
Saba Haroon
Sadia Murtaza
Saeed Akhtar
Salman Hunzai
Sana Durrani
Sana Nezam
Sana Saeed
Sanam Seema Mangi
Sara Akram
Sarfraz Musawir
Shahid Malik
Shanzey Mir
Shazia Munir
Sidra Asim
Syed Arsalan Naqvi
Syeda Sadaf Rizvi
Tahir Bilal Ummi
Tahira Rasheed
Tanweer Farooqi
Tayyab Tariq
Ujala Hayyat
Umair Shahzad
Usman Khalid
Verdah Javed
Wajid Yaqoot
Wasim Jatala
Zafar Iqbal
Zahid Saleem
Zainab Mehmood
Zarmina Aslam
Zeeshan Ahmad
Zeynab Movahed
Zulfiqar Ali
Zulfiqar Ali Zulfi