Colin David was a member of the outstanding generation of artists that emerged from the Punjab University and the National College of Arts in the 1960s.He was one of the most eminent painters of Pakistan, a virtuoso draughtsman whose figurative work won him accolades from fellow artists and students alike. In the genre paintings, Colin David often incorporated elements of ‘Op’ art in his imagery, the optical illusion of lines,rings and squares creating movement.
In his figurative work the settings contain a wealth of detail fascinating to observe. The natural and direct treatment of his subject conveys an innocent celebration of nature’s handi work the miracle of the human body rendered with superb mastery of media. The artist’s contemporary Still Life and Landscape paintings create an air of strange anticipation. In a curious way, the absent human form appears to be hidden from view and though unseen is part of the scene.