Iconic artist Jamil Naqsh passes away aged 79
Iconic Pakistani painter Jamil Naqsh passed away in London on Thursday after he was diagnosed with “serious pneumonia” earlier this month.
Naqsh, 79, was admitted to St Mary’s Hospital on May 7 where doctors informed that he had less chances of recovery.
Jamil Naqsh emerged as a prominent artist among legendary artists like Sadequain, Bashir Mirza, Ahmed Pervez, Shahid Sajjad, Masud Kohari who contributed to Pakistani art.
He left NCA after a year to become a full-time student of dedicated miniaturist Ustad Mohammad Sharif. A year later, he moved to Karachi.
Many politicians and artists, among other fans lamented his death and extended their appreciations for his artistic contributions.
Very sad to see an iconic painter of Pakistan pass away.Jamil Naqsh was not only a household name for art lovers but acquired“old master” ranking.His loss will be felt deeply. A great friend of my mother’s,and my benefactor. Here is an epic “dovescape” canvas he had gifted her. pic.twitter.com/mB19tWMRND
— SenatorSherryRehman (@sherryrehman) May 16, 2019
— Tapu Javeri (@tapujaveri) May 16, 2019
Called to inquire about the health of the great Pakistani artist Jamil Naqsh and talked to his wife. He lives a secluded life devoted to art in England. We can only pray to Allah for his recovery.
— Dr. Arif Alvi (@ArifAlvi) May 15, 2019
Sad to learn of the passing of one of our great artists Jamil Naqsh in the UK. RIP
— Shireen Mazari (@ShireenMazari1) May 16, 2019
Born in 1939, Jamil Naqsh, one of Pakistan’s master painters bid farewell for his final destination earlier today. May you Rest In Peace. Thank you for sharing your art with us and for leaving behind an unmatched legacy #JamilNaqsh #RIP pic.twitter.com/TWRV1kj03Z
— Zara Sajid (@zara_sajid) May 16, 2019
— Gharidah Farooqi (@GFarooqiFC) May 16, 2019
He evolved a signature style over his six-decade-long career to portray famous personalities from Islamic history, gods and goddesses from Hindu mythology, Buddhist subjects and idealised figures such as Punjabi farmers, Kashmiri peasants, etc.
— Sonya Battla (@SonyaBattla2) May 16, 2019
Here are more from his collections: