Pakistan’s ‘truck art’ has entered into a rather culminated and talked-about ‘genre’ around the world. For a long, it has been a homebrew art-form in South Asia, especially in Pakistan. Phenomenal Journey of Pakistan’s Truck Art from Roads to Airborne.
Moreover, the entire idea of adorning trucks (also, lorries and even rickshaws) with intricate fluorescent patterns and lyrical calligraphy, has grown in the most beaming and innovative manner. With sumptuous and gaudy themes, truck art is one of Pakistan’s best-known cultural exports and instigates carnivals abroad. From the highways to the skies: Pakistan’s vaunted truck art becomes wanted everywhere, step on the wing.
Phenomenal Journey of Pakistan’s Truck Art from Roads to Airborne
Pakistan’s famous truck art will move from its highways to the skies, as a flying academy is painting a two-seater Cessna aircraft with the colourful technique. With gallant and dazzling motifs, Pakistani truck art has to hook up to gallery exhibitions abroad and provoked stores in Western cities to sell miniatures.
A man paints Pakistani truck art on a two-seater Cessna aircraft in the general aviation area at Jinnah International Airport
Imran Aslam Khan, chief operating officer of Sky Wings, a flight training organization, spelt out
“We want to show the world that Pakistan is not all about [the] Financial Action Task Force (FATF) and terrorism issues; it [is] a very diverse country and a land of opportunities.”
Imran Aslam Khan, Chief Operating Officer of Sky Wings, poses with a two-seater Cessna aircraft painted with Pakistani truck art in the background, at Jinnah International Airport, Karachi
“I have plans to paint other aircraft, to promote tourism in Pakistan. Such art has become one of Pakistan’s best-known cultural exports in recent years. UNESCO, for example, has been using truck art, blended with indigenous themes, to promote girls’ education in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. It encourages me to tint for the noble cause.”
A two-seater Cessna aircraft painted with Pakistani truck art is seen at Jinnah International Airport Karachi
Haider Ali, the artist painting the aircraft, expressed his passion at the academy’s hangar
“The world is familiar with our truck art representation; now, with this aircraft, our colours will fly in the air. We are excited,”
Painter Haider Ali paints Pakistani truck art on a two-seater Cessna aircraft at the Jinnah International Airport, Karachi.
My father has trained me. I have been decorating trucks since my childhood and is now one of the most prominent such painters in Pakistan. I am proud to be part of the art that is getting new pace.”
Haider Ali decorates a two-seater Cessna aircraft with Pakistani truck art at Jinnah International Airport, Karachi.
“I wished to paint an Airbus or Boeing aircraft in the future, it would be a massive opportunity to work on such gargantuan planes, and surely be a learning experience.”
Haider Ali, 40 (R) and his student paint Pakistani truck art on a two-seater Cessna aircraft in the general aviation area at Jinnah International Airport, Karachi
Men paint Pakistani truck art on a two-seater Cessna aircraft in the general aviation area at Jinnah International Airport.
Had the happiest birthday doing what I’ve always loved and wanted to do; way before football came into my life! 🖤✈
Flew an airplane – world’s first aircraft with truck art on it! 🇵🇰 #HK14 #Pakistan #Truckart pic.twitter.com/LvbYNWvlJh
— Hajra Khan (@hajrakn) December 29, 2020
It may not look it, nevertheless, truck art has been evolving around the clock, and now getting the spotlight on all levels. It continues to integrate and mingle modern aesthetic elements and contriving with traditional spiritual fables and famous celebs. And now the piece of art that formerly related to only desi stuff now getting global pride and recognition.