Untitled, oil on canvas, signed and dated july 1968 upper right, framed, 99 x 136.5cm (39 x 53 3/4in).
Provenance: Private Collection, USA; acquired directly from the artist.
The decade of 1960s was Sadequain's most prolific and creative period when he produced a stunning array of imagery. The painting Sun Rise done in 1968 is a study of shadows in all imaginable shapes and forms, and how different colours could be polarized without disturbing the mystic relationship between light and darkness. Art critic Hameed Zaman wrote, "Sadequain in his masterful stroke defined the mystic relationship between light and darkness, showing how each grows, as the other grows."
Even during his formative years, Sadequain dwelled on the traditional artistic forms of calligraphic strokes. He applied calligraphic lines to define his iconic images of cactus, which to him was the ultimate symbol of resistance as it survives the scorching heat and barren land.
One of the subjects that Sadequain painted during the 1960s was depicted in the Sun Series of paintings, in which he studied the red sun casting dark rays (on cactus plants) which in mystic parlance, to him, was the same as the rays of the light. According to him, there can be no darkness without light and vice versa. The painting Sun Rise is a confluence of Sadequain's iconic imagery of calligraphic strokes, cactus land, and mystic figurations of the Sun.