Pakistani artists’ works to be put to auction on June 7
Lahore: A strong selection of works by Pakistani and other major South Asian artists are being put at the annual summer sale of Modern and Contemporary South Asian Art on June 7 in New Bond Street, London. The auction has been arranged by Bonhams 1793 Ltd, the world’s leading auction house in Pakistani art and holds world records for sales of most modern Pakistani artists, as well as the largest number of works by Pakistani artists compared to any other auction house.
The sale includes works by well-known Pakistani, Indian and Sri Lankan artists such as A R Chughtai, Sadequain, Jamil Nagsh, M F Husain, S H.Raza, Jamini Roy, Rabindranath Tagore, Avinash Chandra, F.N Souza, B Prabha, George Keyt, sourced from private collections in Europe and the USA.
Art and media circles told Business Recorder that the auction would also present the largest group of works by Pakistani masters to ever come under the hammer at an international auction. Gulgee’s 1965 work titled Buzkashi (£15,000-25,000), which depicts Afghanistan’s national sport, is one of the highlights of this section.
Although better known for his calligraphic compositions, during the 1950s and 60’s Gulgee were the national portrait painter of Pakistan and was commissioned to paint the portraits of many figures of the Islamic world, including the Saudi Royal family. Works in the sale by Faiza Butt, Khadim Ali and Anwar Saeed represent a contemporary generation of Pakistani artists. International exposure of their work through gallery shows, art fairs and biennials world-wide have allowed voices of young Pakistani artists to be heard in major art centres.