Iqbal Hussain’s work offers an insight into a way of life that is an ancient tradition, and portrays it with stark reality. Hussain graduated from the National College of Arts in 1974, and remained at NCA to teach. His first solo exhibition was held at the Lahore Arts Council in 1981, and he continued to exhibit his work and earn prizes in national exhibitions. In the genre of landscape painting the artist encompasses the beauty of Lahore’s environs and brings to the work a personal viewpoint. Hussain perceives the life around him as a changing narrative and portrays it often in its stark reality.
Now the patron of the popular, family run restaurant `Cooco’s Den’ Lahore, which overlooks the Badshahi Mosque and its surrounds, there Iqbal Hussain may often be found painting the changing seasons of the historic landmark.