In a still rapidly expanding art world, Jamil Naqsh holds a key position. Well known in Pakistan, he is also well established in international art circles. As an art student of Mayo School of Art in 1953, he absorbed the aesthetics of modern art but desirous of making a study of schools of traditional miniature paintings, he became a student of the master miniaturist Mohammad Sharif.
With his Ustad, Naqsh learnt to sit for long hours at his work. Obsessed with the idea of line he sought an ethos that addressed his work in the decades to follow. He began to paint pigeons in the early 60’s and there were many implications in his choice of subject. By combining the mobile birds with the classic forms of women, Naqsh created a wondrous melding of movement and stillness.
Jamil Naqsh demonstrates how an artist with major gifts has been able to enter into a fruitful relationship with Western Modernism, and thus link himself to what is now a worldwide community of visual artists.