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CONTEMPORARY PAKISTANI ART NOW PAKISTANI ARTSUPPORTING THE UN WORLD FOOD PROGRAMME AUCTION BY CHRISTIE’S WEDNESDAY 1 MAY 2013 DUBAI


Contemporary Pakistani Art Now A unique art auction held under the patronage of His Excellency Sheikh Nahayan Mabarak Al Nahayan, Minister of Culture, Youth and Community Development, United Arab Emirates

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The Initiator’s Word Today we gather in a special and unique collaboration to support, through Pakistani art, the humanitarian work carried out by the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) in Pakistan. Artists, private collectors and art galleries in Pakistan and the United Arab Emirates have generously donated works for this collection, with all sales proceeds going to WFP’s honorable cause. This collaboration also gives a platform for talented yet struggling artists in Pakistan to showcase their wonderful production to the world by being auctioned for the first time through the world-renowned auction house Christie’s. We would like to personally thank our Patron, His Excellency Sheikh Nahayan Mabarak Al Nahayan, for supporting this initiative. We are grateful to Christie’s for generously auctioning our pieces at no cost and to all the supporters who helped make this project a reality. We hope you enjoy going through our catalogue and look forward to seeing you at the auction bidding for the cause. Sincerely Abdul Rehman Mir & Irfan Mustafa


Contemporary Pakistani Art Now For many centuries, art played an important role in the Sub-continent civilizations. Today, walking through international museums, you can experience the imprint of these ancient civilizations through their artifacts exhibited in the most prestigious curated shows. Yet with the mid twentieth century division and the subsequent and the instability in the region, governments have neglected this important heritage aspect of the society leaving it to the individual efforts of art lovers and wealthy intellectuals. Currently art has a very small impact on shaping the national identity of Pakistan. From this fact stemmed the idea of “Contemporary Pakistani Art Now”, a collection of 55 pieces of art from established masters as well as promising emerging young artist. The idea was initiated by two prominent Pakistani collectors; Mr. Abdul Rahman Mir and Mr. Irfan Mustafa. Mr. Mir is an avid collector for 40 years investing in both unknown and recognized artists, with a continuous drive to support his country’s talents. Mr. Mustafa is another keen collector who appreciates arts that document the changing social and cultural behavior of the Pakistani society. The idea was initiated by two prominent Pakistani collectors; Mr. Abdul Rahman Mir and Mr. Irfan Mustafa. Mr. Mir is an avid collector for 40 years investing in both unknown and recognized artists, with a continuous drive to support his country’s talents. Mr. Mustafa is another keen collector who appreciates arts in particular that document the changing social and cultural behavior of the Pakistani society. All proceeds of these artworks will be donated to the United Nations World Food Programme helping to fight hunger in Pakistan. I would like to thank Christie’s for lending us their expertise to raise funds for our cause as well as Ocean Art Gallery for their huge efforts in collecting these artworks from Pakistan, moving them and believing in our initiative.

Omar Donia Co-founder - Contemporary Practices Art Journal Art Advisor to the United Nations World Food Programme


Every year, the World Food Programme (WFP) provides food assistance to around 100 million people in 70 of the world’s poorest countries. As the United Nations’ frontline agency fighting hunger, WFP bridges relief and recovery, feeding the hungry after disasters, then providing a nutritional safety net such as food for work or free school meals, which helps communities build a better future. In Pakistan, where more than half of the population is food insecure and nearly half of the children under the age of five are stunted as a result of malnutrition, WFP plans to reach 7.3 million beneficiaries with food assistance in 2013, positioning the country as one of the agency’s largest operations worldwide.

To learn more about WFP, visit www.wfp.org.


Contemporary Practices is a biannual publication covering visual art movements from the Middle East, Iran and Turkey. Founded in 2007, the journal observes regional and international events, from the gallery to the museum, the auction house to the art fair. Revealing information about emerging and established producers in the region and its diaspora, our writers vary from cultural anthropologists to artists and curators eager to share their groundbreaking pursuits. Our aim is to continue bridging the gap between practice and theory, by inviting cultural practitioners, critics, artists and the essential institutional presence from around the world for their shared cultural interests in the region’s practices. We address situations artists occupy in the studio, the gallery, the museum, the auction house and most importantly contemporary arts and culture in society. Our writer’s of long are selected upon a review of their credentials. Though not limited, yet, we prefer those having a higher degree of education or to be at least professionally active in their fields of interest building a solid reputation in the art world. Profiles are done in collaboration with galleries representing artists, all material submitted are then copy-edited by us to ensure publishing non-biased material. It is worth mentioning that, although our publication is in English yet we published an article in French/Arabic to ensure maintaining the fabric quality of the article in the language it was originally wrote in.


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Modern & Contemporary Arab, Iranian & Turkish Art UPCOMING SALES

29 – 30 October 2013 Modern & Contemporary Arab, Iranian & Turkish Art Part I & Part II MAHMOUD SAÏD (Egyptian, 1897–1964)

Pêcheurs à Rashid (Rosette) oil on panel 34 1/4 x 50 3/8 in. (87 x 128 cm.) Painted in 1941 Estimate: US$400,000–600,000 Sold for: US$818,500

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Donated by the artist

1 Qinz Najm Sacred Sinister signed and dated 2011 on the reverse mixed media on canvas, 40 x 60cm USD 2,000 - USD 3,000

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Donated by Samina & Abdul Rehman Mir

2 Lal Pathan Untitled signed and dated 2011 on the lower left edge oil on canvas, 90 x 60cm USD 1,500 - USD 2,000

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Donated by Samina & Abdul Rehman Mir

3 SHAHID JALAL Untitled signed and dated 2011 on the reverse oil on canvas, 70 x 100cm USD 8,000 - USD 10,000

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Donated by the artist

4 G N Qazi Untitled signed and dated 2013 on the reverse acrylic on canvas, 92 x 92cm USD 2,000 - USD 3,000

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Donated by the artist

5 Mona Naqsh Untitled signed and dated 2012 on the right lower edge acrylic on canvas, 60 x 60cm USD 3,000 - USD 4,000

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Donated by the artist

6 Moazzam Ali Untitled signed and dated 2011 on the right lower edge watercolor on paper, 75 x 55cm USD 2,000 - USD 3,000

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Donated by the artist

7 Chitra Pritam Untitled signed and dated 2013 on the left lower edge acrylic on canvas, 60 x 50cm USD 4,000 - USD 5,000

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Donated by the artist

8 Momin Raheem Khan Untitled signed and dated 2012 on the left edge acrylic on canvas, 100 x 75cm USD 2,000 - USD 3,000

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Donated by the artist

9 Muhammad Ali Bhatti Untitled signed and dated 2010 on the right lower edge acrylic on canvas, 100 x 75cm USD 2,000 - USD 3,000

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Donated by the artist

10 A.S. Rind Untitled signed and dated 2013 on the left middle acrylic on canvas, 92 x 60cm USD 2,000 - USD 3,000

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Donated by the artist

11 Tariq Javid Untitled signed and dated 2011 on the right lower edge acrylic on canvas, 102 x 102cm USD 3,000 - USD 4,000

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Donated by the artist

12 Fanukh Shehab Untitled signed and dated 2012 on the left lower edge acrylic and charcoal on canvas, 112 x 85m USD 2,000 - USD 3,000

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Donated by the artist

13 Ibne Ali Untitled signed and dated 2008 on the right lower edge acrylic on canvas, 76 x 76cm USD 2,000 - USD 3,000

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Donated by the artist

14 Abid Khan Do I Live, Am I Dead signed and dated 2012 on reseve oil on canvas, 77 x 107cm USD 2,000 - USD 3,000

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Donated by the artist

15 Mashkoor Reza Untitled signed and dated 2012 on the right lower edge acrylic on canvas, 77 x 120cm USD 3,000 - USD 4,000

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Donated by the artist

16 Maqbul Ahmad Untitled signed and dated 2013 on the left lower edge acrylic on canvas, 90 x 122 cm USD 4,000 - USD 6,000

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Donated by the artist

17 Aziz Hassan Untitled signed and dated 2006 on the right lower edge acrylic on canvas, 102 x 92cm USD 3,000 - USD 4,000

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Donated by the artist

18 Muhammad Arshad Where I Go..? let it grow signed and dated 2012 on the right lower edge acrylic on canvas, 90 x 70cm USD 3,000 - USD 4,000

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Donated by the artist

19 Wasi haider The Land signed and dated 2008 on the right lower edge acrylic on canvas, 90 x 60cm USD 4,000 - USD 6,000

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Donated by the artist

20 Syed Ghalib Baqar Untitled signed and dated 2010 on the reverse watercolor on paper, 75 x 55cm USD 2,000 - USD 3,000

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Donated by the artist

21 Seemab Azem Untitled signed and dated 2012 on the right lower edge acrylic on canvas, 77 x 1060cm USD 3,000 - USD 4,000

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Donated by the artist

22 Iqbal Hussain Untitled signed and dated 2011 on the left lower edge acrylic on canvas, 46 x 46cm USD 2,000 - USD 3,000

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Donated by the artist

23 S A Naqvi Untitled signed and dated 2012 on the reverse ink on papaer, 107 x 76cm USD 3,000 - USD 4,000

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Donated by the artist

24 A Q Arif Untitled signed and dated 2011 on the right lower edge acrylic on canvas, 92 x 92cm USD 5,000 - USD 6,000

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Donated by the artist

25 Riaz Rafi Untitled signed and dated 2012 on the left edge acrylic on canvas, 30 x 30cm USD 2,000 - USD 3,000

Donated by the artist

26 Shiraz Ashraf Untitled signed and dated 2012 on the left lower edge water colors, silver and gold leafs on paper, 59 x 42cm USD 2,000 - USD 3,000

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Donated by Aqil Hassan

27 Syed Rafaquat Untitled signed and dated 2010 on the right lower edge acrylic on canvas, 70 x 57cm USD 5,000 - USD 6,000

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28 Ahmed Pervez Untitled signed and dated 1973 on the right lower edge oil on canvas, 90 x 60cm USD 25,000 - USD 30,000

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29 Sadequain Untitled signed and dated 1966 on the left lower edge oil on canvas, 90 x 60cm USD 40,000 - USD 50,000

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30 Shakir Ali Untitled signed and dated 1971 on reverse oil on canvas, 70 x 55cm USD 30,000 - USD 40,000

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31 Bashir Mirza Untitled signed and dated 1990 on the right upper edge oil on canvas, 65 x 50cm USD 20,000 - USD 25,000

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32 Unwar Shafi Khan Untitled signed and dated 2001 on the reverse acrylic on canvas, 35 x 30cm USD 7,000 - USD 10,000

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33 Gulgee Nokta signed and dated 2002 on the right lower edge acrylic on canvas, 60 x 60cm USD 8,000 - USD 12,000

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Donated by Gibran Mustafa

34 Sharmani Untitled signed and dated 2010 on the lower left edge acrylic on canvas, 60 x 90cm USD 4,000 - USD 6,000

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Donated by Mavish & Kamran Malik

35 Mansoor Aye Untitled signed and dated 2007 on the lower left edge acrylic on canvas, 45 x 60cm USD 4,000 - USD 5,000

Donated by Mavish & Kamran Malik

36 Mansoor Aye Untitled signed and dated 2007 on the lower left edge acrylic on canvas, 45 x 60cm USD 4,000 - USD 5,000

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Donated to Aman Foundation by the Artist for WFP

37 Anum Jamal Deconstruction signed and dated 2013 on reverse graphite on paper, 50 x 75cm USD 1,000 - USD 2,000

38 Shalalae Jamil Untitled signed and dated 2012 on reverse inkjet on paper, 60 x 90 cm USD 2,000 - USD 3,000

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39 Ayessha Quraishi Untitled signed and dated 2012 on reverse acrylic on wood, 94 x 94 cm USD 3,000 - USD 4,000

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40 Siba Iqbal Untitled signed and dated 2012 on reverse Bronze, 30 x 20 cm USD 3,000 - USD 4,000

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41 Seher Aziz Untitled signed and dated 2011 on reverse acrylic on canvas, 69 x 60 cm USD 5,000 - USD 6,000

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Donated by the artist

42 Fayza Shaikh Darwish Dance signed and dated 2012 on Lower right edge charcoal on canvas with silver paint, 142 x 110 cm USD 5,000 - USD 6,000

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Donated by Ayesha & Harris Mustafa

43 Mudassar Manzoor untitled signed and dated 20102 on reverse acrylic and gold leafs on hard paper, 50 x 70 cm USD 5,000 - USD 6,000

Donated by Ayesha & Harris Mustafa

44 Mudassar Manzoor untitled signed and dated 20102 on reverse acrylic and gold leafs on hard paper, 50 x 70 cm USD 5,000 - USD 6,000

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45 Gulgee untitled signed and dated 2003 on upper right edge oil on canvas, 60 x 46 cm USD 15,000 - USD 20,000

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46 Eqbal Mehdi Untitled signed and dated 1992 on right upper edge oil on canvas, 122 x 90cm USD 8,000 - USD 10,000

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47 Ahmad Saeed Nagi untitled signed and dated 1991 on the reverse oil on canvas, 60 x 50cm USD 8,000 - USD 10,000

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48 Ahmad parveez Untitled signed and dated 1978 on right lower edge oil on canvas, 90 x 65cm USD 20,000 - USD 25,000

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49 Shakir Ali untitled signed and dated 1971on the reverse oil on canvas, 76 x 126cm USD 30,000 - USD 40,000

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50 Gulgee untitled signed and dated 2004 on the center lower edge oil on canvas, 180 x 100cm USD 60,000 - USD 80,000


Donated by eye of art gallery

51 Aisha Kamal Untitled signed and dated 2013 on right lower edge acrylic, 60 x 60cm USD 2,000 - USD 3,000

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Donated by the artist

52 Akbar Ali East & west signed and dated 2012 on the lower right edge acrylic on paper, 60 x 105cm USD 3,000 - USD 4,000

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Donated by Aqueel Hassan

53 Shahid Rassam untitled signed and dated 2010 on the lower right edge acrylic on canvas, 135 x 102cm USD 8,000 - USD 10,000

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Donated by the artist

54 Madiha Arif untitled signed and dated 2008 on the lower left edge acrylic on canvas, 182 x 152cm USD 8,000 - USD 10,000

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Donated by Jawid Haider, Eye for art gallery

55 Uzma Bhatti untitled signed and dated 2010 on the lower left edge Water color and ink on paper, 30 x 40cm USD 3,000 - USD 4,000

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About Ocean Art Gallery The veritable kind of people living in Pakistan has much interest in art. Many world renowned artists belong to Pakistan - Sadequain, Gulgee and Jamil Naqsh to name a few. During last decade a number of art galleries emerged on the art scene of Pakistan and he Ocean Art Galleries is one of the leading galleries of Pakistan who received a warm welcome from the art enthusiasts. In 1998 the Ocean Art Galleries, opened in Lahore and the second gallery opened by Khalil Ahmed in 2000 in Karachi to promote contemporary art by displaying and selling the soulful and philosophical works of old masters as well as new painters. The gallery holds exhibitions of paintings by the renowned artists of past and present and also provides space to our young generation to showcase their talent. The Ocean Art Galleries is much famous in holding exhibitions of masters, contemporary and emerging artists at national and international levels ranging from paintings, sculptures, digital prints to installations and video installations. Also organize events like lectures on art for students to groom new talent and exhibiting their artworks thus encouraging young and talented artists.

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BIOGRAPHIES Qinza Najm Dr. Najm is a Pakistani-American artist, whose work has been selected for many national and international juried exhibitions in New York, Atlanta and Dubai. Exhibition venues include Phyllis Harriman Mason Gallery NYC, Manhattan Borough President›s Office NYC, US Consulate Dubai, and Time Square NYC. Currently, Qinza›s large scale work is in public and private collections. Qinza completed her Ph.d in Psychology from USA, which enables her to access her subconscious and bring it onto the canvas. Qinza studied painting & drawing at Bath University England, Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) USA, and painting, mixed media and sculpture at The Art Students League of New York. She currently lives works out of her studios in New York and Dubai. G.N. Qazi Qazi holds a Bachelor of Arts from the Karachi University, Sindh and 4 Years Diploma in Fine Arts from Karachi School of Arts. He was an instructor of fine Arts in Ghulshan–e-Fatima Higher Secondary School in Karachi. He also prepared classes for Indus Valley School of Arts & Architecture in Karachi and National College of arts in Lahore. He has a very long list of solo exhibitions in Lahore and Karachi and participated in a lot of Group Shows in Pakistan and India. He also participated in the United Artist Fair in Chelsea Town Hall, London. Mona Naqsh Born in 1968 in Pakistan, Her favorite subject “flowers’’ she has been painting for the past 26 years, Learnt from her father Jamil Naqsh the eminent modern painter of Pakistan. She also worked in diverse media, pencil, pen, water color & oil. Mona participated in several group shows and has done solo exhibitions in Dubai, USA and Pakistan. Moazzam Ali Born in 1956, Karachi from where he completed his graduation in Fine Art in 1980 securing First Class First Position Gold Medal. In his 32 years career. Ali exhibited all over the world focusing on the beauty of Indus Valley Civilization highlighting the civilization’s significance at national and international level. Moazzam has also introduced new innovations to watercolor painting that have been very well appreciated internationally. In 2007 he was crowned the title of ‘Master of Watercolor’ by the Whitney Museum New York and given International Award. As well as being a successful artist, Moazzam understands and values the importance of education in the society that is why he contributed his services as a Principal of two colleges for six years.

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He also provided services as an Art Director to many reputed advertising agencies for eight years. A book titled “Moazzam Al” was published in honor of the artist in 2008. It comprises of Moazzam’s life journey of becoming a watercolor master and contains over 175 painting plates from all his life’s work. Chitra Pritam Born in 1970 in Pakistan, Pritam is a disciple of Jamil Naqsh. He has many solo exhibitions in Pakistan and participated in numerous group shows in various cities at home and abroad. He received the National Cultural Award in 2000. He also received the Tamgha– E–Imtiaz award in 2012. Momin Rahim Khan Khan has a Diploma in Commercial Art Central Institute of Arts and Crafts (Arts Council) Karachi & had 4 Solo Shows in Karachi. Currently he works as Freelancer illustrator. Mohammad Ali Khatti Bhatti is one of the well established artist of the Pakistani art scene today, He earned his MFA from Edinboro University of Pennsylvania, USA and his Ph.D in Interdisciplinary Arts from Ohio University. Since 1978 he as been a professor and Director of institute of Art and Design, Univesity of Sindh, Jamshoro, Pakistan. He had several group shows all other the world as well solo shows in India, Pakistan, Nepal Thailand & USA A.S. Rind Born in 1960 and earned his Diploma in Fine Art from Central Institute of Art and Craft (Arts Council, Karachi, Pakistan). He has numerous Solo Shows in Pakistan and more then 50 Group Shows in Pakistan and abroad. Tariq Javed Born in 1952 Faisalabad, Pakistan and currently living and working in Karachi. Tariq graduated from the Karachi School of Art in 1973, and in 81, mounted his first solo exhibition, a collection of abstract pieces at the Karachi Art Council. Though he was a popular painter, the artist was drawn to experiment with other disciplines, printmaking, sculpture and ceramics. The passion for ceramics persisted, in spite of the lack of facilities in Karachi. He jokingly commented that he “supported his ceramics through his painting”. He was one of the few ceramists in Karachi who attracted great interest from public, and he established a center where he taught the art to students.


Farrukh Shahab Born in 1969 in Karachi, Pakistan. Shehab is a self taught artist. He participated in many Solo exhibitions Karachi and Lahore. He also was part of many group shows in London, Pakistan, India, Bangladesh and USA. Ibne Ali Born in 1946 in Karachi, Pakistan and earned ho Diploma in Fine Arts from Karachi School of Art, and M.A from University of Karachi. He participated in numerous Shows and exhibitions in Pakistan and Bulgaria. Abid khan Born in 1966 in Pakistan and educated in English literature earning his M.A from Punjab University, Lahore. He participated in several group shows and exhibitions in Pakistan, and Singapore and had Solo Shows in Pakistan and Dubai. Mashkoor Raza Born in 1950 in Muradabad (then India) Pakistan and holds a Diploma in Fine Arts from Karachi School of Art in 1972. He participated in several solo shows in Pakistan, India, UAE & Hong Kong as well as group shows in USA, UK, Germany, Malaysia, India, Canada, Bahrain & Iran. Maqbool Ahmed Born in 1969 in Quetta. He is a graduated of Fine Arts from National College of arts, Lahore, Pakistan. Ahmad had three Solo Exhibitions in Lahore and Karachi. He also participated in Group Shows in Canada and Pakistan. He has several awards such as 1st Prize Art Competition Khana-e-Fahang-e-Iran in 1975 & Silver Medal Balochistan Arts Council Quetta in 1974. Aziz Hasan Aziz is a self tought Karachi based artist born in 1959. Habib attended public school then did his BBA and MBA from the USA. Since childhood he has been vastly exposed to international and especially western art. The contemporary artists he is most inspired by are Rotkho, Pollack, Franz Kline, Clyfford Still, sam Francis and Motherwell, just to name a few. He drives his inspiration from souls, metaphysics, Sufism and his personal experiences. For him creating beauty in simplicity in the basic essence of his work the philosophy being optimism in life. For him, therefore, the use of bright colors depicts optimism. The objective is always to add life in the space where the painting makes its place. Quite often the world Allah also appears in his paintings unintentionally. He is the only true non-representational artist in Pakistan. He has also had a solo show of

his work in Paris – France in 2007, besides participation in group shows in London, Dubai and Los Angeles. Muhammad Arshad Born in 1978 and holds an M.A in Fine Arts from the college of art & Design University of Punjab, Lahore. He had three solo exhibitions in Pakistan numerous group Exhibitions in Lahore and Karachi. Wasi Haider Born in 1958 and earned his Certificate in Civil draftsmanship from Technical Training Center, Karachi. Haider has over 80 articles on art & artist in Midweek Daily Jang Karachi. He had numerous of sole shows in Pakistan and participated in Group Shows in Washington DC, Pakistan and London. Haider has been awarded the Qaid-e-Azam Youth Award in 1996. Syed Ghalib Baqar Born in Pakistan, graduate of Karachi School of Art in 1975 and holds an MA in Literature from Karachi University. He held several solo shows in Pakistan as well as numerous group shows in UK, USA, Pakistan, Japan, India, & honk Kong. He also earned over several awards and commissions1980. He holds a BFA Majoring in Painting mirror printmaking from “Indus Valley School” of Arts and Architecture, Seemab Azam Tariq Born in 1980. He holds a BFA M in Painting mirror printmaking from “Indus Valley School” of Arts and Architecture, Karachi and an MFA Traditional Arts of Islamic World Calligraphy from the National College of Arts, Lahore. Seemab participated in numerous exhibitions in Pakistan and Dubai. Syed Ali Naqvi Naqvi was born in 1976 in Karachi and holds a BA from Karachi university and an BFA From Government Premier college, Pakistan. He had several solo shows inside and outside Pakistan. A.Q Arif Arif Born in 1975 in Karachi, Pakistan where he lives and works today. Arif has a professional diploma in fine arts from Karachi school of arts. Aside from his passion and profession as an artist, he is a faculty member in the Asian institute of fashion and design, Indus Valley school of architecture. He has conducted several workshops and had numerous solo and group shows both locally and internationally

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Riaz Rafi Born in 1961 and earned his Post graduated degree in Journalism. Rafi had many solo shows and participated in several group shows inside as well as outside Pakistan. Rafi is a member of the Arts Council of Pakistan since 1981 and the founding member of the Art Exhibitors of Pakistan since 1990. He had earned several awards such as “The Sadequain” Award 1995 & the silver medal in all Pakistan Painting Competition in 1983. Shiraz Ashraf Born in 1974 and holds a Diploma in Design from Mashkoor Art School and a Diploma in Mughal Miniature Painting skills from Franshamaz. Ashraf also studied Foundation Art and design in Karachi University. He holds an MA Photography from Wolverhampton University. His work has featured in over 20 group exhibitions over the last two decades in UK, Canada, UAE and Pakistan. Shiraz Modern Miniatures are the direct inspiration of Kangra Style with a little touch of English miniatures. He made a lively career as a freelance photographer Ahmed Parvez Parvez was born in 1926 & died on 1979. He is a Pakistani modernist painter whose work was marked with energy. He was member of The Lahore group in Pakistan and founder member of the Pakistan Group in London. He was one of the most remarkable artists produced by Pakistan and he received widespread acclaim in Pakistan and abroad. He had his first solo show in 1952. Between 1955 and 1964, he lived and worked in London, UK and he spent two years in the USA in the 1960s before returning home. During this time he exhibited at Galerie Internationale in New York. He received the President’s Medal for Pride of Performance in 1978 and on 14 August 2006 Pakistan Post issued a Rs. 40 sheetlet of stamps to posthumously honor 10 Pakistani painters of whom he was one. Sadequain Sadequain was born in 1930, descending from a family of calligraphers. In late 1940s he joined the Progressive Writers and Artists Movement. His true talent was discovered by Huseyn Shaheed Suhrawardy who brought Sadequain into the limelight. He also spent some time in Paris augmenting his skills. Sadequain received much praise for his calligraphic style, which is widely considered iconic by many critics of South Asian art.He carried the script with a flourish in all directions, giving it the power of space, vigor and volume. Before Sadeqain, few painters had experimented with the medium in Pakistan. Sadequain is commended for bringing calligraphy into a mainstream art form, as most of the known Pakistani artists have followed Sadequain and calligraphic art now dominates the art scene. He also painted classical literature

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from the poetic verses of Ghalib, Iqbal and Faiz. He belonged to the school of thought which enriched realism with lyricism. He did thousands of drawings and gave them away to his admirers. He wrote and published hundreds of quartets. Sadequain was the most prolific painter of the post partition Pakistan. He was constantly at work and he worked on large scale. He repeatedly stated that he was not interested in decorating drawing rooms of rich and powerful. He worked on large murals for public buildings symbolic of the collective labor of humanity and his work was mostly donated to the public. Shakir Ali Ali was born in 1914 and died in 1975 is an influential modern Pakistani artist and art teacher. He was the principal of the National Colalge of Art in Lahore. He joined Mayo School of Art as Lecturer in Art in 1954 and after the upgrading of Mayo School as National College of Arts in 1958, he became its first Pakistani principal in 1962. Widely known to have inspired cubism among the artists of Lahore, he had a huge following of artists in Pakistan, most of whom were his students including Jamil Naqsh, Bashir Mirza, Ahmed Parvez and others. Bashir Mirza Mirza was born in Amristar in 1941, he joined the Mayo School of Arts (now National College of Arts (NCA), Lahore) where he was one of favorites of shakir Ali.. He graduated in 1962 from the department of design and was amongst the first batch of graduates of the renamed school. Mirza never stayed for long with one theme or style, fluctuating between realistic, abstract and nonobjective styles. Though packing his work with explosive power he also exhibited considerable control over his medium, earning media coverage and stirring public interest. Another highlight of his artistic career was “Portfolio of Pakistan” produced in ‘67. Basically portraits of people of Pakistan from various provinces, they were sketched in Pen and Ink in a single tone. The structural strength and expressive quality of this work, it seems drew strong inspiration from Sadequain›s ink drawings or figurative forms. Since it was not easy to survive on art alone in those days, he looked out for new ventures of earning a living. He opened an art gallery (the first ever in Karachi) at Kutchery Road in 1965 but in 1969 left town to go abroad. He also published an Art Journal ‘Artistic Pakistan’ but in 1968 sold it off. ‘Atelier BM’ opened in the 1970s. He was by then running an advertising agency cum gallery and came back to art again in 1998. Mirza’s The ‘Lonely Girl’ series was shown and gifted to the Seoul Museum when he was invited by the Seoul Olympic Committee. In 1994 BM departed for Australia as Pakistan›s cultural attache. By then he was sick. On his return, there were subsequent lukewarm exhibitions, the latest being at Chawkandi in August ‘99. The irrepressible B.M. continued to paint, to party, mingle and openings in spite of the slur in his speech and the tremor in his


hands. Alas the sun has set on him who made us feel its fiery power (He painted the black sun repeatedly in his famous ‘War Series’ 1965 and the red sun in his ‘Australian Series’, 1990s) but it was a life well spent for he confessed that “many of my dreams did come true”. (quote from the book BASHIR MIRZA: Acrylic Series. ‘89-‘94). He also designed two stamps of the 1963 stamp series “Freedom from Hunger”. On 14 August 2006, Pakistan Post issued a Rs. 40 sheetlet stamps to posthumously honour 10 Pakistani Painters of whom Mirza was one Gulgee Gulgee was born on October 25, 1926 in Peshawar, Pakistan. Initially, he went to aligah university to study civil engineering before heading off to UAS for continuing his higher education. Gulgee started to paint while acquiring his training as an engineer in the United States at Columbia University and then Harvard. His first exhibition was in 1950. Gulgee was a gifted and consummately skilled naturalistic portrait inter who had enjoyed state support and plenty of elite commissions in this capacity. Nevertheless, he was perhaps best known worldwide for his abstract work, which was inspired by Islamic calligraphy and was also influenced by the “action painting” movement of the 1950s and 1960s. This is perhaps a natural enough stylistic combination, since in both Islamic calligraphy and action painting a high value is placed on the unity and energy of gestural flow. He was also known for using materials such as mirror glass and gold or silver leaf in his oil paintings. According to the Metropolitan Museum of Art “Gulgee’s calligraphy paintings are abstract and gestural interpretations of Arabic and Urdu letters. His sweeping layers of paint explore the formal qualities of oil paint while they make references to Islamic design elements.” Beginning in the 1960s he created sculptures, including bronze pieces that were calligraphic in form and inspiration, and sometimes specifically based on verses from the Quran. His paintings were bright and full of color, but the paint was put on with great sensitivity, and paintings vibrate with intense feeling. Areas sing with luminous, thin color; thick blobs of paint pulsate with fiberglass tears, the brush swirls strong and free. The total effect used to be very free, yet considered and well thought out. They work enormously well, because it was all orchestrated with great care and concentration

Ayessha Quraishi, Quraishi is a self-taught artist who was born and currently resides in Karachi, Pakistan. She had four solo shows in Pakistan and one in France as well as many group shows in Pakistan, Egypt, France and Turkey. Seher Aziz Aziz holds a BA in Paintngo from Bennington College, Vermont and a Masters of Architecture from Yale School of Architecture in 2006. She moved to New York where she joined an internationally renowned architecture firm while continuing her passion for painting. Ashe returned to Pakistan in October 2009 and was invited to be part of the design team for the new training facility of Manchester City team. She currently works and paints in her studio in Karachi, Pakistan Fayza Shaikh Fayza Shaikh is a London based artist from Pakistani origins. He has a BA in visual art and been practicing art since young age. She has several solo shows in UK, India & Pakistan as well as numerous group show all over the world. Eqbal Mehdi Mehdi was born in 1946 (died in 2008) in Amroha, then British India (now India) which was also the native place of John Aliya and Sadquain. He migrated to Pakistan from Amroha in 1958 with his family remaining in India. His brother would later join him. He is famous for his line etching drawings. He had international exhibition and numerous awards mist importantly “Pride of Performance” from the Pakistani government. Ahmed Saeed Nagi Nagi was born in 1916. He is a self taught artist and a noted as one of the classical painters in the 20th century Pakistan. He was known as the official artist of the Pakistan freedom movement until his death in 2006 at the age of 90. He had numerous group and sole show inside his country as well as internationally with many awards. In recognition of his outstanding achievements as a painter, he was honored with the Pride of Performance award.

Anum Jamal, Annum was born in 1988, she earned her BFA from The Indus Vally School of Art & architecture, Karach in 2012. She had group shows in Pakistan and few awards

Ayisha Kamal Ayisha was born and raised in Pakistan and was the student of the calligrapher Bin Calinder. As a young artist she is following her teacher’s style. She had several group shows inside and ourside Pakistan.

Shalalae Jamil Shalalae Jamil was born and raised in Karachi, Pakistan. earned her BA in photography from Bennington College MFA from School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She numerous exhibition in Pakistan, India, UK, USA. She helped in film production in 6 movies.

Akbar Ali Akbar Ali was born and raised in Pakistan. He earned his BFA from national Collage of Art , Lahore, Pakistan he had several show in Pakistan as well as several group shows in USA, Turkey, Switzerland, Canada & France. Since 2008 he is working as an artist, Conceptual designer and freelance lecturer.

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