Collector’s homage: Ten great painters under one roof

Published: September 14, 2012
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Muhammad Ramazan, the gallery owner, said that the exhibits included some of the finest work from his personal collection. PHOTO:FILE

Muhammad Ramazan, the gallery owner, said that the exhibits included some of the finest work from his personal collection. PHOTO:FILE

LAHORE: 

A paintings exhibition, containing works  of 10 of the most renowned artists of Pakistan, started at the Ejaz Gallery on Thursday.

The exhibition, which will continue till September 23, features works of Saeed Akhtar, Jamil Naqsh, Ahmed Khan and two or more paintings each by late Ismail Gulgee, Sadequain, Colin David, Allah Bakhsh, Abdur Rahman Chughtai, Anwar Jelal Shemza and Askari Mian Irani.

Muhammad Ramazan, the gallery owner, told The Express Tribune that the exhibits included some of the finest work from his personal collection.

“I purchased some pieces from galleries and acquired others through close association with the artists themselves,” he said.

He said the exhibition aimed at paying homage to some of the best painters Pakistan had produced.

Bakhsh’s mixed media painting is priced at Rs5.5 million, one of the two most expensive paintings at the exhibition.

Asad Faruki, a professor at the National College of Arts, who counts Collin David, and Askari Mian Irani among his instructors at the NCA was particularly impressed with a landscape by Allah Bakhsh. He said it outshone his other works.

Art teacher and critic Qudoos Mirza found the works of Chughtai, Shemza and Naqsh most inspiring.

Seven of Naqsh’s paintings are on display, one of them priced at Rs5.5 million. Akhtar, Gulgee and Askari have some brilliant pieces. Gulgee has seven calligraphy pieces, priced between Rs0.75 million and Rs1.5 million. His work attracted the most attention by the visitors.

Uzma Haroon, an NCA student, said art students heard these names at college daily. “While their (artists’) best work might not be on display today, whatever is, it definitely makes a statement about the skills these artists are famous for,” she said.

Three paintings by David feature two nudes and a lush landscape.

Dr Khalid Mehmood, a painter since 1964, who has started a PhD programme in studio practice and art history at Punjab University’s Art and Design Department, was in awe of the exhibit.

“These are rare pieces. It is obvious that the most outstanding feature of the exhibition is having 10 of the best artists in a single exhibition,” he said. Mehmood also appreciated the works of Naqsh, David and Chughtai.

Chughtai, he said, was a master at combining Indian, Persian and the Buddhist influences.

Published in The Express Tribune, September 14th, 2012.

 

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    Sep 21, 2012 - 6:21PM

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    Known at the moment in Cuba as The Painter of the Coffee”, Rafael Sánchez Ruiz has developed a very singular technique when capturing in his canvases and bristol boards his creations, using only the coffee as pigment.
    Their collection shows a wide range of works: paintings, ceramic and engravings on bristol board and cloth, standing out for their exclusivity the Paintings of Coffee on cloth Dekell, with their marks created by the own artist, with mass of bread has more than enough wood, skated with coffee allowing to feel their exquisite aroma, that which remembers the Baroque style, giving this way a touch of originality and antiquity. Also, they stand out the ceramic pieces skated with coffee, among the most important they are The Masks of Fans and the Ornamental Busts”, where diverse materials coming from the sea converge and of the earth.
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