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Modern and Contemporary South Asian Art / Ismail Gulgee (Pakistani, 1926-2007) Untitled (Calligraphic)

The Collection of Orooj Ahmed Ali
Lot 40
Ismail Gulgee
(Pakistani, 1926-2007)
Untitled (Calligraphic)
24 May 2022, 13:00 BST
London, New Bond Street

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Ismail Gulgee (Pakistani, 1926-2007)

Untitled (Calligraphic)
signed and dated '99 lower right
oil on ceramic tile
30.8 x 30.8cm (12 1/8 x 12 1/8in).


The Collection of Mrs. Nighat Hussain who acquired this work from the artist;
Acquired by the vendor from the above.

'My work is the externalisation of my inner journey. Through it I communicate with the pulse of life. The calligraphic form and movement that emerges is not premeditated or cerebral, it is intuitive and articulates something deep inside me. It is important that no thought of how people will react to my work intrudes, as they would destroy the thread and take the truth away. I am enchanted by Islamic calligraphy and feel close to Sufi mystics. At the mystic level, barriers melt away and religious experience whether Buddhist, Hindu or Muslim become one. One could call it human experience of the ineffable.'
(Annemarie Schimmel in M. Ismaili, Gulgee, Ferozesons, 2000, unpaginated)

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