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 naïve style. They use their imagination and inspiration to create fantasies, and canvas embellishments that are deeply rooted in Pakistan’s rich folklore.
Its true: humor is often evoked from a sense of absurdity, asymmetry, inversion. This art, de-contextualized from its day-to-day image on trucks, imposed on relatively miniature, everyday objects arouses a smile. It represents the comedic infiltration of the noisy, polluted streets into the safety and polish of the middle to upper-class house. Kitsch becomes high-brow.
The scenes depicted on the trucks are from the painter’s imagination, sometimes guided by the truck drivers’ requests. But imagination is, after all, created from our dreams and our experiences. Painters are often topical in their choice of subject matter. During the war in Afghanistan, several painted scenes of war—F 16 fighter jets and Ghauri missiles—against dreamlike scenes of a placid lake or a lush tree, of course. The omnipresence of nature in all its serenity is influenced by the artistic legacy of the ‘anatomical’ drawing South Asia: still life, nature, and human postures that trace back to Mughal patrons and their specific requests. Nearer local election times, the truck artists will paint political figures; when Pakistan won the World Cup, cricketer Imran Khan commanded space on every other truck, else the latest film star with rosy cheeks smiles at you in motion. Moreover, fantastical characters from the Q’uran, such as the prophet’s winged horse, Buraq, have become emblems of speed and safety.
The truck bodies are immaculately decorated by the street artists who can be found at truck stands in Badami Bagh Lahore, Sariab Road Quetta, Hawkes Bay/Mauripur Road Karachi and Pir Wadhai Rawalpindi.
Artists paint the entire truck in vibrantly coloured patterns. The artwork can even tell you where the truck is coming from. Every city’s artists have their own signature way. Trucks decorated in Quetta and Peshawar get lots of wood trim whereas those in Rawalpindi get lots of plastic decoration,, “Karachi excels in using reflective tapes (called chamak patty). Camel bone decoration is used by artists of rural Sindh.”
Truck decoration takes 10- 15 days and costs US $100-700. The artwork is not just for trucks; it can be for cars, too.
Truck designing is one of the Most attractive Arts in Pakistan. At the back of these Trucks there are some poetry or some quotes of noble People