Pakistani Modernism hits Maidenhead

Posted in: News on May 29, 2018.

Dawson’s Auctioneers and Mark Hill are delighted to reveal a recently rediscovered work by the eminent Pakistani modern artist Shakir Ali (1916-75). Titled ‘Musicians’ and executed in oil on board in 1957, it is a strong work in his early hallmark Cubist style, which he introduced to the Lahore circle of artists during the 1950s.

Widely read and travelled, Ali experienced Western Modern art firsthand in Paris, where he studied under Andre Lhote, and then in London, where he studied at the Slade. In 1954 he joined the Mayo School of Art in Lahore, becoming its principal in 1962, and helped it develop into the premier art institution in Pakistan.

He influenced Pakistani and Indian modern art and artists for over two decades and gained a huge following, including Ali Imam, Jamil Naqsh, Bashir Mirza, Ahmed Pervez.

His work is held in numerous private and public collections globally, his Modernist house has been converted into a museum, and Pakistan Post issued a commemorative stamp of his work in 2016.

‘Musicians’ will be sold by auction in the ‘Design At Home’ sale on Saturday 2nd June at 11am. Please contact info@dawsonsauctions.co.uk, or telephone +44 (0) 1628 944100 for more information.

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