Bilal Ashraf

Bed of Roses
3.5″x3.5″; digital collage; 2017

Bilal Ashraf
Lahore, Pakistan


My art explores themes of nature and the things around us. The first steps of the process often involve journaling on paper using paints, collage and pen-and-ink. I then interpret those drawings and paintings using mixed media on canvas.

Picasso said, “I paint objects as I think them, not as I see them.”

I paint the same way. My paintings are a personal response to my state of mind. I find abstract art more real and conversational, as it comes directly from the artist’s mind. I take elements from my surroundings and then compose them on the canvas in my own characteristic style.

I say, Give yourself permission and make art in blissful abandon. You do not make mistakes; you create opportunities to find creative solutions. Draw. Draw some more. Use all of the supplies you buy and then buy more.


Bilal Ashraf is a textile print designer currently based in Lahore, Pakistan. He received his Bachelor’s Degree in Textile Design from the College of Art & Design, University of the Punjab. He specialized in surface pattern and print design. To gain a broader understanding of silhouette and garment, his studies were supplemented with a post-grad program in Apparel Design at Indus Valley School of Art & Architecture in Karachi.

He currently splits his time between developing patterns and other textile design work. A versatile designer with a diverse range of experiences and a constant drive to meet new challenges, Ashraf is always on the lookout for new projects and avenues to develop, and thus welcomes inquiries about new projects/commissions or collaboration ideas.


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Centuries Ago, There Was a Land
3.15″x3.15″; digital collage; 2017

The Gypsy Guy
2.8″x4″; digital collage; 2017

Whispering Buddies
4″x4″; digital collage; 2017

The Conference
7.5″x7.5″; digital collage; 2017