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Iconic artist Jamil Naqsh passes away in London

Iconic Pakistani painter Jamil Naqsh passed away in London on Thursday after contracting serious pneumonia earlier this month. Naqsh, who had been settled in London for the last 10 years, was admitted to St Mary s Hospital on May 7, where doctors did not appear optimistic about his chances of recovery. Jamil Naqsh is of a generation of artists such as Sadequain, Bashir Mirza, Ismail Gulgee, who gave direction to Pakistani art after the country s inception. Born in Kairana, Uttar Pradesh, in 1939, Naqsh grew up in a home frequented by artists, writers, poets, musicians, politicians and others. For a brief period in the 1950s, Naqsh joined the National College of Arts in Lahore, but left it arguing that he wanted to gain experience as an art practitioner. His style is distinct and easily recognisable, and his art has been described as both innovative and representative of his time period. He was a consummate draftsman with an innate sense of colour and design. Basically a figure painter, he evolved a personal style over his six-decade-long career to portray famous personalities from Islamic history, gods and goddesses from Hindu mythology, Buddhist subjects and idealised figures such as Punjabi farmers, Kashmiri peasants, etc.

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