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Ismail Gulgee (Pakistani, 1926–2007)
LOT ID: 75246
Composition (in Pink), 2003

Oil, on canvas
24 х 18 in. (60.96 x 45.72 cm.)
Signed, inscribed, and dated '03' by the artist upper left, front. Inscribed "Gulgee Collection" in black ink maker on back of canvas. This work is also accompanied by a formal certificate of authenticity as issued by the Gallery.
Lot description
"Colour Composition in Pink" (2000) by Pakistani post-Modern master Ismail Gulgee (1926-2007) is one of the artist's most important oil paintings to date, infusing lyrical movements and intense emotion in this exquisite oil on canvas. This work by Gulgee exemplifies his iconic expressionistic style with gestural strokes that references calligraphy and Islamic letters, painted in a rare, color palette of ethereal pinks, greys and whites, imbued a sense of tranquility and harmony that encourages visual meditation. This painting measures 24 x 18 inches unframed, is in perfect condition and is accompanied by a formal certificate of authenticity as issued by the Gallery.

Born in Peshawar Pakistan, Ismail Gulgee (1926-2007) was one of the most renowned artists of the country, painting for royalty, dignitaries, and elites alike. Though he also worked in portraiture, Gulgee was strongly influenced by traditional Islamic calligraphy, creating captivating works which combined abstract expressionism with gestural painting. Flowing forms and diverse palettes spread across his canvases in complex compositions which would often include mirror glass, gold, or silver leaf to add visual intricacy to the works. Though carefully thought out in their execution, his works nevertheless maintain a freely expressive tangibility to them, resonating with emotion and energy in every aspect.
Colour Composition in Pink by Ismail Gulgee
  • Colour Composition in Pink by Ismail Gulgee
  • Composition (in Pink) by Ismail Gulgee
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