Hasnat Mehmood (b. 1978 Jhelum, Pakistan) is a visual artist. He received his BFA in Miniature Painting from National College of Arts, Lahore.
Hasnat Mehmood was trained as a traditional miniature painter, but in his enthusiastic search for a new language in his art, he transformed the traditional practice into contemporary dialogue. Hasnat Mehmood creates contemporary art about a technique that is considered to be a traditional practice. Miniature painting is thought to be the cultural heritage of Pakistan; as such it should remain recognizable as it was practiced in the past. For "purists", the experiments that Hasnat and others take in their approaches to miniature painting render the work to be anything but a miniature painting.
Selected solo shows include Search the Collection, Canvas gallery, Karachi, I Love Miniature, Aicon gallery, New York, Buy One Get One, Rohtas gallery, Lahore, Original Image May Vary, Chawkandi gallery, Karachi.
Selected group shows include Extra Ordinary-37 Do It Yourself Art Ideas for Free, Canvas gallery, Karachi, Here and Now, group show curated by Quddus Mirza at Lahore Art gallery, Lahore, Icons/Pakistan Zinda Baad, two-person show at Canvas gallery, Karachi, Playing with a Loaded Gun: Apexart, New York, Around Miniature: Canvas Gallery, Karachi, Karkhana: A Contemporary Collaboration, curated by Hammad Nasar at, Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art, CT, USA, Beyond The Page: Contemporary Art from Pakistan, group show at Asia House and Manchester Art Gallery, UK, Lahore Lovelies: at Aicon Gallery London (with Talha Rathor).