Gulgee (born 1926 died 2007) was an award winning master artist famous for his abstract action and calligraphy paintings. Gulgee was a trained Engineer by Profession and a self-taught artist; he received acclaim for his realistic portraits and commissions most notably those of the Royal Family and Prince Aga Khan. Ismail Gulgee was the recipient of Pride of Performance, Sitara-e-Imtiaz (twice), Hilal-e-Imtiaz and other artist awards and prizes. The artist’s work was widely exhibited internationally during his lifetime and Gulgee is a leading name in the Pakistani art world. His paintings are in the collection of major art collectors worldwide. Gulgee’s paintings have featuring in every major international auction including: Christie’s, Sotheby’s, Bonhams etc.
SHAHID JALAL (Born 1948) is one of the outstanding members of the Association who has no art qualification from any institution and has therefore not been mentioned in their context. He has developed a style of his own which is executed with thick impasto brush strokes, the surface being further divided to form a subtle pattern in his patiently executed landscapes, in which the sunlight and shadows are the other striking elements of the larger design – Paintings at Alhamra ’50 years of Lahore Arts Council’ by Dr. Mussarat Hassan
There is nothing casual or even offhand in his work. Both the subject and the style are neat, orderly, planned, precise and refined, like the artist himself – Landscape painters, ‘Painters of Pakistan’ by S. Amjad Ali
M F Husain is India’s most celebrated and internationally renowned painter of all times. Maqbool Fida Husain (born 1915 died 2011) was known as the Picasso of India. A self-taught artist, Husain was a prolific painter known for his various series including: Gaja Gamini, British Raj, depiction of Hindus gods & goddesses, Mother Teresa, Indian Civilization, Islam, Horses etc. Besides being a hugely successful artist M F Husain was also a Film maker and Director; known for ‘Gaja Gamini’ with actress Madhuri Dixit as the lead and ‘Meenaxi: A tale of three cities’ with Tabu. In 1967 Husain received the National Film Award for Best Experimental Film for Through The Eyes of a Painter and a Gold Bear Award for the same movie at the Berlin Film Festival. M F Husain’s paintings have been auctioned for record-breaking amounts at Christie’s, Sotheby’s, Bonhams and Saffron.
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Sadequain is Pakistan’s most renowned master artist. Sadequain’s paintings and murals are in major museums and organizations and he is considered a leading pioneer in modern Pakistani art movement. A number of publications are available on the life and art of Sadequain. The artist won several awards for his work including:Tamgha-e-Imtiaz in 1960 from Government of Pakistan, Biennale de Paris in 1961 from Government of France, President’s Medal of Honor in 1962 and Cultural Award from Government of Australia in 1975.
S. Safdar was a prolific painter and always took part in group exhibitions besides holding about a dozen one-man shows of his work. He was born in Gujrat in 1924 and made sets for films in Bombay. The artist designed stalls and set up an art sketch club between the years 1940-47. Quite often he laboured on the background to give it a Cubist look and somehow fitted the human figure of the woman into it as part of the linear pattern. Safdar is an old master and rarely is his work available. His paintings are in the collection of serious collectors
Mansur Aye was born in 1941 and passed away in the year 2008. In his lifetime the artist executed several paintings, some of the themes included: Moon-faced girls, stilll life, portraits of women and musicians at work. The artist was prolific and worked in pencil drawings, brush drawing, chemical drawings, water colour, mixed media, acrylic and oil paints. Mansur Aye the artist was self taught and had his first exhibition in Karachi at Karachi Arts Council in 1962.
Book: ‘Painter of Pakistan’ by S. Amjad Ali
He developed his own distinctive style which consisted of utter simplification of the image and rendering the face and the features with a few bold strokes. He used a very thick brush to make an outline of the face in the form of a circle, two straight lines for the thin long neck. A little dot sufficed for the small mouth and often the eyes were shown downcast coyly and drawn by just a semicircle with a fringe for eyelashes.
The vogue for Cubist abstraction was at its height in Pakistan in the 60s and so Mansur also crossed the face and neck with some diagnol lines and coloured them flat separately. The old Cubist trick of showing the profile of the face in the middle of the frontal picture of the face was also used by Mansur.
Thus, the moon-faced girls with the moon in the background became the hall mark of his work.