Asma Hashmi received her BFA in 1986 from the National Collage of Arts, Lahore and her MFA in 1992 from the University of Hawaii, USA. She was Associate Professor at Indus Valley School of Art and Architecture, Karachi. Asma has been actively involved in teaching at different art institutes on national level and has participated in various national and international shows. She has been a part of numerous group shows over the last twenty five years. In 2009 Asma exhibited her solo show “Creases of Oblivion” at IVS Gallery, Karachi.
"My use of symbols of sentimentality depicts a gradual loss of innocence, purity and clarity under layers of mundane reality. This work is a comment on our ignorance of tragedy and violence around us while losing oneself to the friendly demons of commercialism, ambitious strife, aerosols and shopping binges.
In an age of insensitivity the patchwork patterns stand for the promise of the ‘security blanket’, a promise that dims the form of the rose, yet not always providing the solace it initially seemed to offer. In a world of imperfections, each step to reach out for more only tarnishes the nucleus yet the race to patch up our existence continues - the race against time and against mixed priorities.
The work is about experienced reality and it’s deposits on the pristine essence of life, the essence that persists amidst the dance of the demons, stubbornly retaining its shape although giving up its color to the oxidization process that, sadly, life really is."
BFA National College of Art, Lahore. Pakistan.MFA University of Hawaii, USAExhibitionCreases of Oblivion, New Works by Asma M. Hashmi, Indus Valley School of Art and Architecture, (2009)8th World Art Print Annual Mini Print 2009, Lessedra Gallery & Contemporary Art Projects, Sofia, BulgariaFaculty Show 4, Gallery, Indus Valley School of Art and Architecture, Karachi, Pakistan (2009)Faculty Art 3, Gallery, Indus Valley School of Art and Architecture, Karachi, Pakistan (2008)Lets Draw the Line, Chawkandi Art Gallery, Karachi, Pakistan (2008)8th National Exhibition of the Visual Arts, Al-Humra Lahore, Pakistan. (2003)Citiscapes, Gallerie Sadiquain, Karachi, Pakistan. (1999)Group Exhibition, Coconut Grove, Karachi, Pakistan. (1997)7th National Exhibition of the Visual Arts, Al-Humra Lahore, Pakistan. (1996)Celebration of Women, Al-Hamra, Lahore, Pakistan. (1994)6th Nation Exhibition of Visual Arts, National Arts Gallery, Islamabad.(1994) Group Exhibition on Kashmir, Karachi, Pakistan. (1993)Pacific States Biennial, University of Hawaii, Hilo, USA (1992)One Woman Show, East West Center, Honolulu, Hawaii, USA (1992)Thesis Exhibition, Art Department, University of Hawaii, Honolulu, USA (1992)Group Exhibition, American Center, Islamabad, Pakistan. (1991)Graduate Art Exhibition, University of Hawaii, Honolulu, USA (1988 -1991)Printmaking Workshop Exhibition, University of Hawaii, Honolulu, USA (1990)All Pakistan Art Exhibition, Islamabad, Pakistan (1987)Solo Exhibition, Holiday Inn, Islamabad, Pakistan. (1986)Group Exhibition, Rohtas Gallery, Islamabad, Pakistan. (1986),