Fascinating World Of Goreja
edited: Thursday, November 27, 2003
By Ashraf Gohar Goreja
Posted: Sunday, July 20, 2003
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An article about the Art of Ashraf Gohar Goreja
by Dr. Noris Angle, Ph.D., 1983
A.G. Goreja is an international artist who has exhibited in many countries. While he was studying international law in London, England, during 1965, Goreja was planning his career as an international attorney but his aesthetic thinking inevitably influenced his creative energies, so he decided to continue with his art career.
Goreja socialized with prominent statesmen, diplomats, and high gentry. In December 1968, he joined the Royal Commonwealth Society, London, and was presented as an artist to Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother, by His Highness the Duke of Devonshire. Soon after, a renowned Dutch designer, Schrijver, purchased two of Goreja's paintings for Hampton Court Palace.
In 1972, Goreja moved to Vienna, Austria. There he started working with the United Nations Industrial Development Organization as an independent industrial consultant. He worked with the United Nations agency for many years. During this time he was also selected as a speaker and a discussion leader for several international expert group meetings. He addressed these conferences with a strong emphasis on international understanding through higher education, cultural exchange and social development. He started his own consulting firm and became a prominent consultant. He assisted over two hundred large and small projects with strategic decisions, industrial planning and international marketing in about seventy countries around the world.
In 1978, he migrated to the United States of American and because a U.S. citizen. During the past several decades, Goreja has been painting continuously. He tried to achieve congruity in his paintings by transforming tonal colors and subject matters in a classic art form. Goreja's work is deeply inspired by the master paintings of Hellenistic, Medieval, Renaissance and the nineteenth century eras. Goreja studied the works of the Old Masters while visiting leading art galleries in approximately 300 major cities.
Goreja's worldwide travels have had a profound effect on his work. He preserved beautiful places in his memory and in later years he sat in his studio to paint exciting scenes with fresh reflections. The places which Goreja has visited over thirty years time often reappear on his canvases with extreme clarity and natural impact. One can find deep visions of the classicism of the themes of the Old Masters translated into contemporary precision.
Goreja's art is highly romantic and impressive both in composition and choice of reciprocal influence that patterns the mood of his paintings. His paintings differ remarkably in style and subject matter. Spontaneity of feeling accentuates vivid relationships between light and shade. His medium is highly fluent in a sense that expresses legitimate involvement and harmony in colors, thus, his paintings may be characterized as pictorial idioms with original effects that produce melodic values of an orchestra.
All of his works have documentary significance depicting a tendency towards pleasurable and illustrative memories, which he shares with the viewers of his paintings.
Goreja's place in today's society carves a new definition of reality that clearly represents a pioneering role in naturalism. Goreja belongs to a world which is fascinating and encompasses virtuous decorum and human integrity.
Like other respected artists, Goreja has worked through many personal hardships to bring his talents to the public. So that he might pursue more creative urges, he left his native homeland, in the beautiful province of Punjab, where he was born in November 1936. His large and prosperous family operates a large percentage of textile business in the country. His father, Sheikh Abdul Rashid Goreja, highly respected man in the textile industry, intended that his son should also follow a textile business career, but Goreja was not ready for it. Although Goreja acquired an education in Business Administration and has worked towards a Ph.D. in International Marketing, he never intended to finish his dissertation due to his love for art.
He has written approximately 200 articles, reports, studies and industrial proposals for the United Nations Industrial Development Organization and private clients. He is also an author of a romantic novel 'Bloody Roses from Paradise,' together with many short stories and poems in English.
Ashraf Gohar Goréja
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