Shahid Malik is a Lahore based miniature artist. He obtained a Bachelors in Fine Arts from National College of Arts Lahore, Pakistan (2017) with honours. Before Bachelors he completed one year diploma in fresco painting from National College of Arts, Lahore and three years diploma in traditional arts from Naqsh school of arts, Lahore. He performed as a visiting faculty for Graphics design as an art form in 2013.
During his carier he has participated in several exhibitions since 2012. Currently he has participated in Maktab project of Lahore Biennale foundation in collaboration with National college of arts and Agha Khan museum Toronto, Canada.
Dichotomies and antagonism exist in nature and with the presence of one thing the presence of the other is explained. If there is good there is bad, if there is darkness there is light. Sometimes good things become the source to recognize the bad. Heaps of garbage and trash are unwanted and give the feeling of uncanny claustrophobia but if it doesn’t exist, the importance of pure nature and beauty can’t be understood truly. Even extreme dichotomies exist and go side by side. In the work of Shahid Malik similar approach is visible. Garbage is itself unwanted but the way it is painted gives the feeling of another kind of landscape. In other words heaps of garbage are romanticized but at the same time it is obvious that it is unwanted. At the same time the contrast that exists between clear mystical sky and the garbage itself is a narrative for bipolarity. In other words the viewer goes through phobic and maniac state at the same time.