Pakistani Truck Art Just like the Billboard painting performed in Pakistan, there is another indigenous form of art performed in Pakistan and it is the Truck Art. With its all colorful floral patterns, depiction of human heroes with creative aspect ratios, calligraphy of poetic verses and driver’s words of wisdom, this form of art is truly a part of Pakistani transport tradition. Most of the artists have had no formal schooling in art, and their work is skilful albeit in a [...]
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The Truck art of Pakistan is unique in world with a distinct style all of it’s own. A Typical truck on the road in Pakistan, either taking passengers from one place to another or transporting goods, have been decorated by their owners, putting in a lot of effort with an amazing level of detail. It was not long before truck owners followed suite with their own designs. Through the years the materials used have developed from wood and paint [...]
This soil has produced art since people started living here. With the advent of transportation as a business the people of this region used their art to make their vehicles more attractive. Even in 1920′s, competing transportation companies used to hire craftsmen to embellish and decorate their buses to draw travelers. A plan was a winner and the passengers just could not help but stare at the skillfully decorated trucks while purchasing the tickets. The more attractive a painting, the [...]
At least one website gives following history of bus/truck painting in Pakistan and quotes it to one Peter Grant. The extraordinary tradition of decorating trucks has its roots in the days of the raj when craftsmen made glorious horse drawn carriages for the gentry. In the 1920s the Kohistan Bus Company asked the master craftsman Ustad Elahi Bakhsh to decorate their buses to attract passengers. Bukhsh employed a company of artists from the Punjab town of Chiniot, who’s ancestors had [...]