Iqbal Hussain, Untitled, Oil on Canvas, 54 x 60, Courtesy of Clifton Gallery


Iqbal Hussain is one of the most prominent Pakistani artists. For nearly 50 years, he pursued a singular career with a love for painting and its intrinsic challenges. For Iqbal, painting was an integral part of his struggle which allied itself with the forces of liberation. Over the course of his five-decade career, he committed himself to address the plight of Lahore’s old walled city dancers and musicians. Though his paintings, he looked beyond the glitter and addressed the darkness, despair and desolation that enveloped them.

Iqbal showed work in a 2010 solo exhibit Iqbal Hussain: The Painter of Imprisoned Souls

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On Hussain's 2018 Retrospective Show