The Canvas | syed hasan

28 January 2012


Syed Hasan has made an amazing journey. Having always been inspired by art, creating drawings with patterns and shapes, a life changing event occured. For two years he was bedridden due to a major accident. In this long period of reflection and thought, he went through a metamorphosis and used his art to convey his innermost feelings. Drawing lines on any piece of paper available, lines which acquired the shape of a complete story, portraying every apsect of a particular thought or emotion. Being always moved by his inner self, his work reflects inner observation in shades of black and white abstracts.



What is your earliest artistic memory?
I used to draw flower patterns and designs on my books. My class teacher hit me on my hand with a bamboo stick to stop me for drawing.


What is the most exciting thing you have ever done?
Drawing in ink pen and directing and producing small scale 2d animations; and doing it without any formal tuition.

At the bottom of this interview you will see two animations, follow the links!


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What has been your biggest mistake?
Mistakes are continuous.


Where is your favourite place, anywhere in the world?
North of Pakistan, places like Dir Swat Chitral Hunza. A war for nothing is fought in this haven by the people who come from far away.


What is your favourite book?
The Sufi Doctrine of Rumi (Willian C, Chittick). Foreword by Seyyed Hossein Nasr.


What would you scribble on a wall of world’s greatest quotes?
"There was never yet an uninteresting life. Such a thing is impossibility. Inside of the dullest exterior there is a drama, a comedy and a tragedy". - Mark Twain


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What would you define as ‘success’?
Live your life in your own way.


What is your favourite art gallery or historical building and why?
Ustad Allha Bux art gallery. THE LAHORE ART COUNCIL, this is where my first solo exhibition was held in 2004.


What is your all time favourite movie?
"We are not Angels" & "The Mission".


If you could own any piece of artwork, what piece would it be? 
Any work by either Abdul Rahman Chughtai (1899 – 1975) or Sadequain (1930 – 1987).


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If you could start your life all over, what would you do differently?
I would like to do everything differently.


What has been your best ever purchase?
Still waiting for my best Purchase.


What is your favourite food?
Food fusion by myself.


What is your favourite season of the year and why?
Winter and spring in Lahore. I feel more creative and restless - I create numerous drawings during these four months. 


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Who is your favourite artist and why?
Abdul Rahman Chughtai (1899 – 1975) & Sadequain (1930 – 1987). The way they mix the colours and the flow of their lines are simply amazing - They are the masters.


What are you most afraid of?
We are making our world hostile for coming generations.


What is your most prized possession?
LIFE and the tools provided by the Mother Nature to enjoy it and explore it.


What life lesson do you always stand by?
You came alone and will go alone.


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If you had to give art students today some advice, what would it be?

Always look at the great people’s work, but when doing yours - you are in charge.


Where on the web can we find you?



Syed Hasan, also works with animation. Below are two links, one animation which he has solely developed and a second animationan where he has been involved in an animation project for Unesco. UNESCO works to create the conditions for dialogue among civilizations, cultures and peoples, based upon respect for commonly shared values. It is through this dialogue that the world can achieve global visions of sustainable development encompassing observance of human rights, mutual respect and the alleviation of poverty, all of which are at the heart of UNESCO’S mission and activities.


Hasan's solo project:


Hasan's project with Unesco:


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Morgan Davy

top work mate! il'd like to meet you one day. who knows!