‘IJAZ UL HASSAN – Five Decades of Painting‘
Book Launch. Dr Musarrat Hasan, Mrs Shehla Saigol, Professor Quddus Mirza
Will be the guest speakers
On Thursday 17th August 2017 at 5:00 pm
At Unicorn Gallery 32-B-2, Main Gulberg, Lahore, Pakistan.
Ayesha Durrani is a modern miniaturist. She graduated in 2003 from the National College of Arts with a BFA. Ayesha has held several international exhibitions including at Aicon Gallery New York and Gallery 27 Cork Street, London, Dubai, New Delhi etc. Ayesha Durrani draws out feminist topics through her work exploring themes of female bondage and arranged marriages in Pakistani culture.
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Khalid Iqbal (1929-2014) was born in 1929 and has always been a believer in representational painting. Khalid Iqbal paints through a process of acute observation and an understanding and feeling for his subject matter. He painted in Lahore for more than forty years before his death. Khalid Iqbal’s influence on painting in Lahore has been profound, He is responsible for a whole school of landscape painters in Lahore who have slowly evolved their distinct styles. The artist is one of Pakistan’s most distinct and celebrated masters. Khalid Iqbal never exhibited in his lifetime. Rarely is his work available. Khalid Iqbal died in 2014. He is considered the greatest landscape painter of Pakistan.
Mian Ijaz Ul Hassan had teachers like Moyene Najmi and Khalid Iqbal during his school days. He has a history of more than forty years of painting behind him. In his early years he seems to have been influenced by Gaugin, but he was experimenting all the time. He used his immense sense of design and colour to paint very effective pictures with a sharp political and social comment. But political changes in the country restricted open expression and he had to resort to symbols for expressing ideas. He is among the few painters whose early stylization of form gave way to realism. He has a passion for public art and one of his main ambitions is to paint huge pictures in public places which the common man can see regularly. One of the big murals to be made in recent times is the huge ceramic mural that he made for the Alhamra Arts Council in which he experimented with the tiles mosaic method that had been used as wall decoration since the Mughal times. He has over the years made many huge paintings which are breathtakingly beautiful and have been much appreciated.
Hanif Shahzad is a senior painter best known for his cityscape paintings of Karachi. The artist has participated in a number of exhibitions and enjoys immense popularity amongst art collectors. Hanif Shahzad is a Karachi School of Art graduate and won first prize in a KSA competition in 1986. The artist’s large oil on canvas paintings of old Karachi have been written about extensively in major art publications.
Khalid Iqbal was born in 1929 and has always been a believer in representational painting. Khalid Iqbal paints through a process of acute observation and an understanding and feeling for his subject matter. He painted in Lahore for more than forty years before his death. Khalid Iqbal’s influence on painting in Lahore has been profound, He is responsible for a whole school of landscape painters in Lahore who have slowly evolved their distinct styles. The artist is one of Pakistan’s most disctinct and celebrated masters. Khalid Iqbal never exhibited in his lifetime. Rarely is his work available.
Unicorn Gallery is pleased to present a retrospective exhibition of the late Master artist Laila Shahzada – a pioneer of modern art painting in Pakistan
LAILA SHAHZADA RETROSPECTIVE (1926-1994) is the first comprehensive retrospective exhibition of Pakistani Master artist Laila Shahzada on her twentieth death anniversary and features paintings from various series such as ‘Driftwood’, ‘Mohenjo-Daro’, ‘Skardu mountains’ – over a period of decades.
Aqeel Solangi is an imaginative painter of nature and explores themes of time and memory and works in various mediums including painting, drawing and sculpture. He has been exhibiting nationally and internationally. Aqeel graduated with a BFA with honors in 2003 and MA (Hons.) Visual Art in 2005, both from NCA, Lahore. He was the recipient of NCA/Charles Wallace Pakistan Trust Art Bursary for the Prince’s School of Traditional Arts, London in 2006 as well as Young Talent Award by the Pakistan National Council of the Arts in 2006. He teaches at the National College of Arts, Rawalpindi.
JAMEEL AHMED also known Jhuggi wala was a self taught artist found in a slum in Karachi. While the date of his birth is unknown Jameel later moved and later died in East Pakistan present day Bangladesh in 1982. Jameel jhuggiwala was known for his landscape paintings of Punjab and East Pakistan as well as his cityscape and sea paintings of Karachi and abstract drawings. Only a handful of old collectors and families have his work, rarely do his paintings or drawings come in for resale.
Book: ‘Painters of Pakistan’ by S.Amjad Ali, chapter Landscape painters
It was in June, 1960 that Jameel hit the headlines. The papers were full of stories of the new artist discovered in the slums of Karachi. Some good-hearted people helped him with painting material so that he did not have to draw with charcoal taken from the hearth on which his meals were cooked, or to paint with juices pressed from leaves and flowers…
Jameel’s love of nature took him to Bengal (then East Pakistan where he wandered in the Sunderbans. He was enamored of the long thin curved boats that looked like the crescent moon and which were seen on all the rivers and lakes of the region. He painted this subject on many canvases and the massing of these crescent shapes gave a marked design quality to the picture….
Jameel had to bear serious hardships and a grave tragedy towards the end of his life. He did not live long enough to benefit by the boom that took place in the art world of Karachi in the mid-eighties, otherwise the propitious circumstances could have led to much greater development of his art. He died in the early 80s and no one has yet filled the void he left in Karachi of a dedicated painter of landscapes in oils.
Book: ‘Image and Identity’ by Akbar Naqvi, chapter Karachi Artists,
….Another painter who made quite a stir was the self-taught landscape painter, Jamil Jhuggiwala, who came from Karachi’s jhuggi, or refugee settlement of ramshackle huts. He has developed his own style of drip-and-dribble a la Jackson Pollock under instruction from a visiting American artist who was also said to be the muse of Gulgee.