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Gulgee's saga of art continues to allure art lovers.

ISLAMABAD -- Known for his extra ordinary calligraphies, paintings and sculptures, the saga of Ismail Gulgee's art is continued to be on top in art scenes of the country as art lovers consider him their inspiration even after six years he left them.

Art critics take him as a 'Tribute to Amazing Painters' who created some amazing works and earned critics acclaim not only at home but from world over.

Gulgee, by education, was an engineer and a self-taught painter and artist. His work is renowned for its ingenuity and his calligraphy work is said to be an inspirational movement in itself.

His unresolved murder mystery haunts his fans but still there is too much good to talk about him as he is always remembered for a kind and humble disposition. His exhibitions were held successfully both locally and internationally.

Government of Pakistan awarded him with awards like Sitara-i-Imtiaz, Hilal-i-Imtiaz, Pride of Performance. Gulgee's work and contribution to art and culture in Pakistan will always be remembered, said Musarrat Naheed Imam, Director Visual Arts, Pakistan National Council of the Arts (PNCA).

To pay tribute to the life time services and achievements of Gulgee in the field of visual art, the National Art Gallery of PNCA has put on permanent display some amazing works of Gulgee. The NAG has acquired a rich collection of his works in varied mediums and offers an exclusive display of his work for his fans, art lovers and students, she said.

Those visiting the display at NAG feel proud to have this collection with them today but still the art lovers seem waiting for update of Guljee's unseen works. The NAG protects the collection of all the displays from the climatic change and wants to promote the value of this national treasure at global level, she said.

Art critics remember him as a gifted and consummately skilled naturalistic portrait painter and 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 an enough stylistic combination, since in both Islamic calligraphy and action painting a high value is placed on the unity and energy of gestural flow.

Born on 25 October 1926, Ismail Gulgee was an award-winning, globally famous Pakistani artist born in Peshawar. He was a qualified engineer in the US and self-taught abstract and portrait painter.

Before 1959, as portraitist, he painted the entire Afghan Royal Family.

From about 1960 on, he was noted as an abstract painter influenced by the tradition of Islamic calligraphy and by the American action painting idiom.

His paintings are bright and full of color with paint put on with great sensitivity while the paintings vibrate with intense feeling. The work attract the viewers with luminous, thin color; thick

lobs of paint that pulsate with fiberglass tears and the brush swirls strong and free.

Many of his works are placed in the official buildings of Pakistan while he received many awards, including in Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, Japan and France.

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Publication:Balochistan Times (Baluchistan Province, Pakistan)
Geographic Code:9PAKI
Date:Dec 7, 2015
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