Shehr O Funn

Zahoor ul Akhlaq

Still Still life III, 1995
Acrylic on board, 8 x 10 inches

Zahoor ul Akhlaq lived and worked in Lahore, Pakistan.
Akhlaq was an influential Pakistani artist, whose work has been exhibited globally. He is widely regarded as a late modernist and one of the pioneers of the Contemporary Miniature movement originating from the National College of Arts in Lahore.
Akhlaq’s work is of great importance for contemporary Pakistani art due to the return to his own tradition for locating a modern idiom for painting as seen in his use of the grid and calligraphic sources. Paintings like Still, Still Life III & IV (1995) are emblematic of ideas of pure painting characterized by geometric composition, a total occupation with the surface of the painting, and disappearance of a recognizable image in the monochromatic relationship of color to form. Like an iconoclasts’ gesture there is nothing to see but the painting itself and radical elimination of all that could be associated with interpretations.
Akhlaq was posthumously awarded the President’s Award for Pride of Performance in 2005.

Artwork Courtesy The Estate of Zahoor Ul Akhlaque