Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Ismail Gulgee

Proud To Be A Pakistani | Artists | Ismail Gulgee - The Gulgeez (October 25, 1926 – December 16, 2007) Pride of Performance, Sitara-e-Imtiaz (twice), Hilal-e-Imtiaz, was an award-winning, globally famous Pakistani artist born in Peshawar. He was a qualified engineer in the U.S. and self-taught abstract painter 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.
Ismail Gulgee | Pakistani Artist
Ismail Gulgee | Pakistani Artist



Ismail Gulgee | Pakistani Artist
Ismail Gulgee | Pakistani Artist

Ismail Gulgee | Pakistani Artist
Ismail Gulgee | Pakistani Artist

 For Gulgee, the famous and celebrated artist of Pakistan and the subcontinent, life has been a journey in more than one sense, giving him thrill and bliss that are both sensuous and ethereal. He has been to many places and done things that are varied and glorious. At the age of 79, though the visits have become fewer, he remains as zestful a traveler in the realm of the intellect and the senses as he was when the journey began quite early in life. In his inward journey, he remains and intrepid and ever curious.
Ismail Gulgee | Pakistani Artist
Art of  Ismail Gulgee 

Ismail Gulgee | Pakistani Artist
Art of  Ismail Gulgee 

Ismail Gulgee | Pakistani Artist
Art of  Ismail Gulgee 
 Born in Peshawar, Gulgee went to Aligarh University to study civil engineering and came off with flying colours. His academic achievements in the university broke all past records and the outstanding stature attained remained unsurpassed. Higher studies took him to Columbia University where he completed post-graduate studies with straight �A�s and in record time, too. He was offered a full scholarship for doctoral studies by Harvard University, a recognition that any scholar would be proud of. When he successfully completed the academic spell in Harvard, partition had taken place and Pakistan emerged as an independent country.


Ismail Gulgee | Pakistani Artist
Art of  Ismail Gulgee 

Ismail Gulgee | Pakistani Artist
Art of  Ismail Gulgee 

Ismail Gulgee | Pakistani Artist
 Ismail Gulgee 

Gulgee returned to Pakistan, after a short spell in Sweden, with the ambition to start a career that was close to his heart. It was not as an engineer but as an artist that the heart’s desire could be fulfilled. For a person who had prepared himself for a career that had bright prospects and immense prestige, to aspire to become an artist with an uncertain future was not only unusual but it also made him appear as a maverick.

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