LAHORE: Renowned artist Jimmy Engineer’s 18 original drawings of famous Chinese icons will go on display on March 22 at a week-long exhibition to be held at Zhengyangmen Administration Museum of China.
With the help of a pencil, Jimmy made sketches of China’s president, actors, sportsmen, businessmen and other known figures. These paintings are original pencil drawings 22 inches x 30 inches and were made in a short span of time.
Recently, one of Jimmy’s paintings was selected to be displayed at the National Art Museum of China. He is the first artist from Pakistan whose work will be displayed at the museum. The Chinese Consulate in Karachi approached him to donate one of his works to the museum.
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After going through the work, the museum accepted a masterpiece for their permanent collection.
The artist and social worker will present these 18 paintings along with his masterpiece to Pakistan’s Ambassador to China Khalid Masood. The ambassador will hand over the artwork to Chinese officials to display at the exhibition.
“I made these paintings on the request of some officials and I hope my work will attract China’s public. I selected 18 Chinese personalities who excelled in their fields and earned a name for their country. I also wrote the name of the icon at the bottom of the painting,” he explained.
“I will hand over my masterpiece titled International Architectural Composition to China. It was painted oil on canvas. Its size is 3x6 feet,” he said.
“It is a proud moment for the entire country that my work will be displayed at China’s famous art museum,” Jimmy said. This is the first time any Pakistan artist’s work has been featured in China’s premiere museum.
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Jimmy has won around 85 commendation certificates and awards from different organizations across the globe including National Endowment of the Arts Award, USA in 1988, Gold Medal by International Cosmopolitan Rotary Club of Pakistan in 1997, Human Rights Medal by the Human Rights Society of Pakistan in 2000, Sitara-e-Imtiaz in 2005 and The Peace Ambassador’s Medal by China World Peace Foundation Beijing in 2016.
The exhibition will conclude on March 29.
Published in The Express Tribune, February 23rd, 2017.