LAHROE A solo paintings exhibition 'Oil on Canvas of Erum Ashfaq is being organized at the Shakir Ali Museum of the Pakistan National Council of the Arts from December 29. This will be Erum Ashfaqs second solo show in about one year which is likely to be continued for more than a fortnight. Her maiden solo paintings exhibition was held at Nayyer Ali Dadas Nairang Gallery in Lahore last year. She has also participated in some group shows, most of which were held at different art galleries of the provincial metropolis. Erum Ashfaq, who hails from a family which has rich academic and artistic background, is a naturally gifted artist who has got no formal art education from anywhere but still her creative work attracts the attention of the viewers within no time and keeps them spellbound for sometime. Erum Ashfaq has done Masters in City and Regional Planning from the University of Engineering and Technology, Lahore and also Masters in Economics from the Punjab University. Talking to this reporter she said, Studying in medium of Science on one hand and passion for art on the other has its own manifestation of diversity, contrast and extremism upon my work. Painting has been a passion to me since childhood days. My interest area has always been the historic architectural legacy that we have today. I use light and dark shadows to reflect significance of disparity in life. Life, that is a combination of variations, joy and sorrow, past and present, love and hatred etc that gives it different flavors. Erums main interest area still remains the historic architectural legacy of architecture that we have to date. As a continuation to her journey of passion towards painting, this time she has extended her canvas to highlight the most promising city, Bhera that was lost in obscurity. Bhera has a history that dates back to thousands of years, evolved through centuries, had a rich heritage that is known to very few. The walled city that was built and rebuilt during the Mughal era, has its magnificent remnants that captured the artists vision to brought into knowledge of this elegant city of its times. She has reflected the intricate masonry and wooden works within the buildings, jharokas and streets. She has tried to restore on canvas the magnificence of such an enduring asset.