Abdul Rahim Nagori
Birth: 1938 Junagarh, Sorath.
Prof. Abdul Rahim Nagori (1938), is a Pakistani painter known for his socio-political themes. He has held one-man exhibitions since 1958.
Qualification: B.A Hons, Fine Arts (Painting), Punjab University Lahore.
Abdul Rahim Nagori's work never fails to stir a controversy. An artist who still burns with the fire of indignation, Nagori paints with anger. Nagori was established as an artist whose stance against socio-political ills caused a flurry of discontent from the much feared establishment.
Undoubtedly the country's most outspoken radical, political artist, Nagori graduated with an MA degree in Fine Arts from the Punjab University in 1965, and in 1970 he established a Fine Arts Department at the University of Sindh, Jamshoro. Trained as a muralist, most of his work was seen in exhibitions since the '80s, and for reasons of economy, have been moderate in size.
"Battling with the demons of his own imagination, Nagori went to every Sphinx in places like Lahore, Sargodha, Kohat, Dacca, Chittagong, Kaptai, Rangamati and others. As far as I know these Sphinxes still stand there in one piece. Nagori has come back alive but deeply clawed and bloodied from within. For his own intellect is the one great Sphinx to which he is destined to return continually.
Today, he has emerged from the yellow and the ochre, only to plunge into the blue and the red. His blue is agonizingly serene, and his red tantalizingly dramatic. His canvases continue to be as disturbing as ever.
With a touch of Modigliani and a whiff from Ajanta caves, Nagori follows Al-Ghazali, who in contradistinction to the Greeks' perception of sensual beauty, holds that a sixth sense, a sort of super sense, is responsible for the appreciation of beauty. Every great painter, every great artist and every lover of beauty possesses this sith sense in its fullest degree which is the source not only of creation, but also of appreciation..."
"...His blue dips its fingers into green and his red burrows its head under mystery and suspense and drama Nagori is about to discover himself, or maybe, discover the futility of his spiritual voyage."
Syed Nayab Hussain (1970)
1982: Anti militarism and violence exhibition which got censored and banned
by the martial law regime.
1965-66: Lecturer, Dept of Fine Arts, University of the Punjab, Lahore.
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