The list of legends in Pakistani art is a short list: Sadequain (1930-1987), A. R. Chughtai (1899–1975), Shakir Ali (1916-1975), Laila Shahzada (1926-1994), and Ismail Gulgee (1926-2007). It was great shock, this morning, to read that Ismail Gulgee was found murdered in Karachi at his home.
Once, a long time ago, I attended a gallery talk where he discussed Mughal art. I remember only that I left feeling immense admiration for his eloquence and his art. There is scarcely a public building in Lahore or Karachi that doesn’t contain a print of his abstract series or of his calligraphy series.
Hasnat Abdul Hye has a short biographical essay on him that gives details of his life and career. More recently is an interview with him by Humayun Gauhar. You can also view his art in the accompanying photo essay.
A great loss for art and artists in Pakistan.