Jamil Naqsh Legendary Pakistani painter passes away

LONDON – One of Pakistan’s greatest treasures, Jamil Naqsh, a contemporary artist passed away on 16th of May, 2019 at the St. Mary’s Hospital in United Kingdom. The artist was born in 1939 in the city of Kirana, India and moved to Karachi Pakistan during partition. Over the years, his natural instinct and creativity led to the creation of many mesmerizing paintings.

Known nationally and internally for his calligraphy, pigeons and figurative paintings, Jamil Naqsh has been celebrated all his life. His work has been a source of information for the better part of the decade to millions of individuals.

Representing Pakistan throughout the world, the artist was awarded the Pride of Performance in 1989 and the Sitar-i-Imtiaz in 2009. He relocated with Najmi Sura from Karachi to London, England in 2003.


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Inna lillahi wa inna ilayhi raji’un. *Everlasting Strokes* After painting over Six decades, Jamil Naqsh finally puts his brush down and leaves his palette with all the colours he knew. After creating innumerous masterpieces in this world, he returns back to his Creator and leaves behind an illustrious career in the field of Fine Arts, by redefining Abstract, Still-Life, Calligraphy and many other genres. He shall not only be remembered by his family alone, but also goes down in History as a Relentless Painter who opted reclusiveness to focus on his work over the other joys of life. We can not thank him enough to reintroduce Fine Arts to this world and leaving a visual saga for us all to cherish till the rest of our lives.

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Shahneela Ahmed, Director PR & Communication of Jamil Naqsh Museum expressed her loss saying, ‘It is with a heavy heart, that family of Jamil Naqsh has to announce the demise of this esteemed artist from the world. There has never been an artist more connected to his roots of culture. Every piece of his art was a story within itself. We request your prayers for his soul.’

The artist was admitted into St. Mary’s Hospital in London, where he was being treated for pneumonia. The doctors tried everything to the best of their capabilities. Jamil Naqsh passed away surrounded by his immediate family members.

Rest in Peace.