Imran H. Khan

Rob discovered the Assateague Island while on his many trips to the Philadelphia area. Being naturally gifted in painting animals and birds, this sanctuary provided him an ideal set of subjects for his paintings. He was particularly attracted to the wild horses that are found there. I have presented some of his paintings here.

Hope you enjoy them as much as I did.

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Imran Khan

Ten years after the “Islamic Attack” on 9/11, some of the saner Americans have overcome the trauma to reflect on the reality that is Islam’s historic legacy. I had the privilege of viewing many pieces of art from various muslim countries made of the period of centuries at the Metropolitan museum in New York. The pain taken in exquisitely presenting these incredible pieces is worth every praise.  The curators took the time and effort to dig into the history of each and every piece and present it to the visitor in both written and aural form. The respect shown to the work of muslim artists is in sharp contrast to the negative narrative still in mainstream media. But healthy signs are now manifesting them in different forms where some of the americans are having the guts to standing up to the mainstream media.

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I heard the real sad news of Amy’s death. I really liked her songs that tended to be raw and touched the soul. Like Jim Morrison of Doors who I also liked died of drug related complications.

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In the history of nations, there comes a time, when the chasm between what its people deserve and what they are getting is so huge, that revolutionary changes are needed to restore the balance. I believe that time is now for the people of Pakistan. It does not take much to look around at statistics and news from nearly any perspective to see that the State and the existing mind set amongst the Pakistanis has moved astray from the vision of the founding fathers. I have received countless e-mails, calls and tweets from concerned Pakistanis who all want to see a fundamental change in the dangerous trajectory that Pakistan is on. Read more

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Imran H. Khan
When you put God’s creation of flowers and plants in the hands of some of the world’s most accomplished floral artists, you get amazing works of art. The World Association of Flower Arrangers (WAFA) held their World Show in Boston last week. The show was titled “This Glorious Earth” and was held at the World Trade Center on the water front.  WAFA has over 150,000 members from over thirty countries.  WAFA is a non-profit, non-partisan organization of international floral art societies. It recently celebrated its 29th year as the global authority on floral design and aesthetics, acting as a governing body by coordinating floral art events and standards for member countries. Through its worldwide scope, WAFA enhances the diversity of the floral art form by transcending international cultural barriers and bringing together fresh ideas. Pakistan had been scheduled to host the last show, but it was canceled due to security concerns. Pakistani members made it a point to show their prowess in Flower Arrangement by sending over 40 members to this show and winning twenty awards.

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Carolyn Evans is both an artist and a sculptor.  Her art appeals to both the child amongst us as well as the thinker.  To me her art has been an acquired taste.  When I first saw her painting of houses with fish floating in the air, I did not know what to make of it. But over time it is exactly those paintings that have stuck in my mind’s eye.  Many of her paintings have an ambiguity that keeps the viewer’s mind active considerably beyond the time the visual pleasures have subsided.

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Museum of Fine Arts in Boston recently inaugurated a new wing which I had been wanting to see for a while. As it so happened that an exhibit called “Art of Americas” was being featured this President’s day weekend. With some respite from snow it turned out to be a perfect day to visit the museum.

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Even though John Evans is considered as a landscape artist, I consider him an artist who creates the illusion of incredibly vast spaces on a two dimensional canvas and uses cues from landscape and texture of the sky to frame it. When I first became his neighbor and was invited to view his works, I was struck by the vivid colors that he used to stylize his landscape art. Over the years he has toned down his palette and become more of an abstract artist. Read more

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After many generations of family members doing the right things and striving hard, does God in His immense mercy give children that are imbued with great traits and instincts. Today is Taimur’s anniversary of his birth day. He comes from a family whose ancestors were recognized for their efforts both in pre-Partition India and then in Pakistan. There is still a Namdar Khan Road in Patiala India, in recognition of his services. His grand father got the highest award for bravery that can be awarded to a living person in Pakistan.  He had the privilege to have been educated in one of the best private school and college in New England. Her mother devoted herself completely to his upbringing. So it is not surprising that he has developed into a multi-talented young adult. Read more

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I had written about Rob Franco’s boat paintings in an earlier post. He offered to sell some of his boat paintings at a substantial discount with 15 percent of the proceeds going towards assisting those effected by floods in Pakistan. There is no better symbol to lift and carry a person over water than a boat.  These paintings reflect the boats typically found in New England coastal waters.  Since I have already written in depth about Rob’s paintings, I will let the paintings do the talking. I have included fairly high resolution images that can be downloaded by clicking on the images. The price list is embedded in the last image. You can leave a comment in case you are interested in buying any of them and I will get you in touch with Rob.

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