27-year-old Haris Baloch hails from Kulanch, a town in Makran, Balochistan but he grew up in Karachi where he lives currently. He has graduated from Federal Urdu University Karachi and works in SAPT. The passion for Art came from his father Mr. Jaffar Ali. Recently, we had an online interview with him and here it is.
Interviewer: Tell me a bit about yourself. Your background and family, where did you grow up and how was your childhood and where and what did you study?
Haris: My Full is Muhammad Haris Baloch. My father’s name is Jaffar Ali, and I am 27,
from Karachi. I am currently working in under construction Project- PAKISTAN DEEP
WATER CONTAINER PORT (SAPT) as Office Assistant/Document Controller.
My Qualification is B.A Graduate from Federal Urdu University, Karachi.
About my Family Background:
My late father was from Lyari Karachi, My mother is also from Karachi. My Parents actually belong to Kulanch, Makran, Balochistan. I’m the youngest in my family. I have two elder brothers and one sister.
Interviewer: What inspired you to be an artist? Do you have any influences?
Haris: Art is in my blood, my father liked to draw, all my siblings were good at drawing in
school days, in my case I continued with my passion and kept drawing portraits. I love to
draw portraits and then I started sharing my work on Facebook and people response not good either bad but some people appreciate my work, I started following artists on social media started to learn those techniques and tried to understand how they do it. I use to practicing one or two hours daily. My friend introduces me to meet Great Baloch Artist Ustad Shukrullah Baloch (Late) from Pasni, Balochistan. He introduced me to an artist group from Karachi. They were all senior well-known artists from Karachi, Ustad Shukrullah taught me watercolor, acrylics, and oil paint techniques.
William Adolphe Bouguereau, Iman-Maleki are my favorite artists. I am influenced by them.
Interviewer: What role does an artist have in society?
Haris: Like Jonathan Swift Said,” vision is the art of seeing what is invisible to others.”
I believe that art is very important to any society. I think that art in whatever form portrays real daily lives of the people. Art shows us that what people are thinking and feeling is important, beautiful, and valid. It is a powerful and entertaining way to get someone else’s
perspective on something, Art is a way for us to express our vision through many different and unique ways.
Interviewer: What does your work aim to say or what does it represent?
Haris: Art is new for my people, they started to accep art, artist and they’re life style. My aim is to put whatever comes to me with strong efforts though it could be anything emotion, feeling, peaceful, or painful. I believe every art work as its own story. If you try to connect with any artwork it will deliver something different to you and that is the beauty of art, this how it works. Artist puts that anxiety in his work which catches the attention of the audience.
Interviewer: Do you make a living off your art?
Haris: My whole day starts and ends with art. I am not working as a professional artist, but in future will consider living off my art. InshaALLAH
Interviewer: Do you have any upcoming project? If yes, what is it about?
Haris: I am working on my collection, a medium will be oil on canvas. I am planning to exhibit my work to the audience soon.
Interviewer: If you are a new addition to paint palette, what colour would you choose to be and why?
Haris: Should be white or transparent (Glass & Hard Plastic) palette because can better mixed and get exact colour which is required to paint.
Interviewer: How have you developed your career?
Haris: As an artist people startes knowing me and my work, it’s a long way to go. I am working hard and keep learning and practicing everyday (and everywhere). I believe if you want something badly, you can have time to do. During lunch break time I draw a sketch in my office. When I reach home I rest little bit then work on oil or drawing something or watch artists’ works on Instagram Facebook or YouTube on Sunday I spent my time to paint oil painting.
Interviewer: What’s your favorite artwork?
Haris: Their are so many but mostly
William Adolphe Bouguereau and Iman-Maleki’s work.
Interviewer: What do you say about artists of Pakistan?
Haris: Last few years have been great for Pakistan art industry, we have more galleries &
art schools. Audience is allowing artists to speak louder and encouraging artistic style,
Pakistani artists are doing great. Excellent talent we have, but still a long way to go, still a lot to prove.