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Pakistani Art has a global appeal now

Some paintings sold this year at the Bonhams auction in Dubai.

Tassuduque Sohail (Pakistan, b. 1930) A prince entertaining a large company in a pavilion

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Surreal Narratives by Mudassar Manzoor

Posted by Fiza Ishaq 

“Moving away from the thematic conventions practiced so laboriously in the academic studio, Mudasser Manzoor casts around for ideas close to his heart.

Not letting go of these early bonds of tradition, he engages with both philosophical and emotional concerns.

Clearly these are contradictions to be encountered. He explores the influence of Sufi thought on the visual image. Solitary figures are lost in contemplation, disengaged from the world, yet very much part of it’s alluring beauty.

Although the artist aspires to reach that moment of complete oneness, the human presence draws him back. The female presence is a physical one…… Manzoor revels in the majesty of nature.

The skills so carefully honed in the miniature studio are brought to the fore; the palette is masterly, the surface treated like a jewel”  – Salima Hashmi 

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