Pakistan Personality

Anwar Jalal Shemza Artist And Writer Active In Pakistan And Later The United Kingdom

We have almost forgotten an artist who did show some of the pieces of modernist art through his work, we are talking about Anwar Jalal Shemza! We have all the time discriminated his artworks. If we talk about his contemporaries like that ofAvinash Chandra and also Iqbal Geoffery and Ahmed Parvez, then they had also been marginalised all the time.

Who was Anwar Jalal Shemza Artist?

Shemza made his returned to Britain in the time of 1961. He worked and also painted there till his death reaches in 1985. It was in the time of 2012 when his paintings also went on display. They were the part of the permanent collection right at Tate Britain. It was also in Oct 2015 when Tate Britain opened the new season of BP Spotlights. These series also include a selection of artworks by Anwar Shemza.

We can say that the Shemza`s writings had a significant and prominent part of in the field of art. His calligraphic abstractions showed us that what do we mean by a real art! He used to live in two worlds which he inhabited, which is Lahore and the other one is London. He grew up in Lahore. He originally belonged to Lahore. In London, he adopted this artwork. This ma had that factor of sensibility that can be seen in his creativity.

Anwar Jalal Shemza Artist And Writer Active In Pakistan And Later The United Kingdom


Anwar Jalal Shemza Artist

Anwar Jalal Shemza with his work at the Edinburgh Festival, 1969

Anwar Jalal Shemza Artist childhood

He was born in Simla, India, in the time of 1928. He belongs to a Kashmiri-Punjabi family. His family owned a carpet and also a military embroidery business in Ludhiana. He attended high school in Lahore. He studied Persian and also Arabic and philosophy. He also attended Mayo School of Arts. It was his art during the time of 1944-47 that was highly and much influenced by the late Bengal School style. He graduated in 1947. He also set up and created a commercial design studio. Then he started teaching at many of the schools and colleges in Lahore. He also attended the Slade School of Fine Art, London in the year 1956.

Anwar Jalal Shemza loves for literature

He is also the founding member of the Lahore Art Circle in the time of 1952. He also had an intimate and close association with the Urdu literary. He also published novels in Urdu. He also edited the journal Ehsas for a time duration of three years. He also wrote any number of Urdu plays. If you will be looking closely looking at all of the Shemza`s sketch books then you will be able to read that he had that obsession with this act of drawing.

Anwar Jalal Shemza Artist style of work

He has all the time merged calligraphy of Islamic architecture along with Western abstraction in all of his paintings. He showed us the real Calligraphic art form in Pakistan. His experiments and also modernisation in calligraphy should be praised. He has struggled a lot so that later on generations can also master the intricacies of these kinds of artistic techniques in the field of art.

My View

We should be applauding the works of Anwar Jalal Shemza artist, very few artists are born like them!

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