Initially Farrukh Shahab was primarily interested in portraiture; in 1990 he was awarded a Gold Medal from the Sindh Artist’s Exhibition, and in 1995 was accorded the top honours at the Quaid-i-Azam Portrait Exhibition held in Karachi.
Farrukh visited Paris and London, visiting museums and meeting artists before joining the Art Students League in New York. His work was shown at the Montague Gallery in Soho, New York.
Returning to Karachi, Shahab painted portraits, buildings and landscapes, and also created paintings in the style of the Romantics for stately houses. His work is in the World Bank Washington, and the Karachi Governor’s House.
Exhibitions in New Delhi, gave the opportunity to see some of the ancient treasures, and his impressions were later expressed in an Abstract linear style with references to Cubism. He has considerable experience of the exhibition circuit in solo and group shows in Karachi, Lahore, New Delhi, Hong Kong and London, and is currently focused on his mature development in art.