In honour of this year, the 70th anniversary of the founding of Pakistan, our first three events celebrated the lives and legacies of undisputed heroes of Pakistan: one of the founding fathers of the nation Sir Syed Ahmed Khan, the poet and ideologist Allama Iqbal, and the great philanthropist Abdul Sattar Edhi.

Wednesday,  16 August, 2017

Private view of Jamil Naqsh exhibition at the Pontone Gallery
with a talk by Edward Lucie-Smith

Time: 6.30pm with the talk at 7pm
Please note: we are asked to leave the Gallery by 8pm at the latest.
Venue: The Pontone Gallery, 43 Cadogan Gardens, London SW3 2TB .
Admission: This event is open to Members of The Pakistan Society and their guests.
RSVP: Please ensure that you register your attendance via the website for security and catering purposes.


Please note: You may book only for yourself, your spouse and two further guests or yourself and three guests (maximum of four in total). You will be asked to fill in the name of the person each place is for, including your own. You will receive an email confirmation of your places but no physical tickets will be issued.

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The Pontone Gallery has offered us a private view of their exhibition of new works by Jamil Naqsh and an exclusive introductory talk by the art historian and critic Edward Lucie-Smith, who has known Jamil Naqsh and his work for a very long time.

In his words, ‘Jamil Naqsh’s new series of images reaffirms his reputation as a master draughtsman, with a sidelong glance at established Western traditions to which he both does and doesn’t belong.

What he now offers are close-up portraits of beautiful young women, of a type familiar from the romantic dream world of Mughal miniature painting, but enlarged to life-size, or maybe a little beyond that, and presented in warm sepia monochrome.’

Jamil Naqsh is one of the best-known contemporary artists from Pakistan, long famous in his own country, but also well established in international auctions.  His work reflects not only the culture of Pakistan, but also that of the whole of the subcontinent, both Muslim and non-Muslim. Recognizable in it are echoes of the Mughal regime, and the calligraphic traditions of his upbringing. He was born in 1939 in Uttar Pradesh, moved to Karachi at Partition, and studied miniature painting with the late Ustad Mohammad Sharif, at the National College of Arts, Lahore. He was awarded the Sitara-e-Imtiaz in 2009. He now lives and works in London.

Edward Lucie-Smith is an internationally known art critic and historian, and also a published poet, an anthologist and a practicing photographer. He has published more than sixty books about art, chiefly – but not exclusively – about contemporary work. Several of his books on art, including Movements in Art since 1945, Visual Arts of the 20th Century, A Dictionary of Art Terms and Art Today are used as standard texts throughout the world.

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