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Ahmed Parvez - Rangoonwala Trust book 2004

Book relating to an individual, 2004
Published by: Rangoonwala Trust
Year published: 2004
Number of pages: 130

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AHMED PARVEZ Compiled & Edited by Marjorie Husain, Rangoonwala Trust, 2004 is a substantial and invaluable publication on the Pakistan born artist who had spent significant periods of time in the UK, New York, and Pakistan itself. To date, it represents the largest assembled body of material on Parvez. The flyleaf contained the following biographical outline:

“AHMED PARVEZ (1926-1979)

Ahmed Parvez was born in Rawalpindi,Pakistan in 1926. He was educated at St. Joseph’s College, Baramulla, Kashmir and Gordon’s College, Rawalpindi. 
     Abandoning the world of commerce, Parvez joined the studio of his artist uncle Jacobus Michael, Lahore and in 1952 he was awarded Top Honours at the Annual Visual Arts Exhibition held at the Punjab University.
     Between 1952 & 1965 Ahmed Parvez exhibited his work throughout Pakistan then proceeded to London.
     Between 1955 & 1964 Ahmed Parvez lived in London where he married Rani. There were four children to the marriage, a daughter Noori and three sons. For a short period Parvez worked in the Pakistan High Commission, London.
     Parvez participated in numerous Group Exhibitions in Britain and countries abroad and showed his work in solo Exhibitions at the: 
New Vision Gallery, London
Lincoln Gallery, London
Ashmolean Museum, Oxford
& Clement Stephen’s Gallery, London,
before returning to Pakistan in 1964
     From 1964-66 Parvez lived in Karachi where he opened a studio. he painted constantly and showed his work in Karachi and Lahore. In 1966 he moved to New York where he married Reiko. a son Aleem was born.
     1968 A Solo Exhibition of Parvez’s work was held at the Gallery International, New York. His marriage to Reiko ended and Parvez retuned to Pakistan in 1969 where he lived turbulently on the sale of his work.
     In 1978 Ahmed Parvez was awarded the long overdue President’s Pride of Performance. A trip to Sri Lanka proved disastrous and Parvez returned within days in a state of depression. Following an exhibition in May 1979 Ahmed Parvez died of a massive cerebral haemorrhage.”

This is an extraordinarily important document on Parvez’s work, comprising as it does otherwise unavailable or rare transcribed documents such as exhibition reviews. Access to material such as a review of Parvez’s work that appeared in newspapers such as Oxford Times, July 19, 1963 and Morning News (Karachi), December 1, 1965 would otherwise be difficult in the extreme, were it not for their appearance in this publication. From the former: “It is harder for an artist to impose his personality in an abstract or semi-abstract than in a realistic one. Anyone can recognize a Renoir nude, a Sutherland face, a Stanley Spencer crowd or a Hitler landscape; it is not so easy to identify an arrangement of shapes and colours representing nothing clearly recognisible.
     …In the absence of a catalogue with titles to guide or confuse, the pictures have to speak for themselvces. The degree of abstraction in them varies, most are watercolours with touches of gouache.”

From the latter (“PARVEZ THROWS OPEN ONE_MAN GALLERY”, Morning News (Karachi), December 1, 1965): “Parvez who revels in forsaking the legacy of naturalism and pursues a non-figurative course, threw open his one-man gallery, which he preferred to call ‘Studio Parvez’, yesterday at the Taj Hotel.
     …About a hundred paintings - oils and water-colours - are on display. they are painted within last few months.” (sic)

The book’s flyleaf lets it be known that “This book has been compiled from the material on Parvez collected in seven large scrapbooks painstakingly put together by Wahab Jaffer.”

The cover of Ahmed Parvez featured ‘The Iranian Path’, mixed media on paper, 54 x 36 cm.

Contents as follows:

Contents page
In the Kingdom of the Mad - Victor Anant
A Chosen Destiny - Marjorie Hussain
Parvez on Parvez - Ahmed Parvez
Commonwealth Institute, An Appreciation - Faiz Ahmed Faiz
Review - Ashmolean Museum - Oxford Mail
Review - Ashmolean Museum - Oxford Times
Space Age Artist - A.B. Rajput
Extracts From Reviews - 1959 - 1964 UK
Burst of Colour - Sultan Ahmed
The Vision of Ahmed Parvez - Ahmed Parvez
One Man Gallery - News Item
An Artist with a Restless Soul - S. Amjad Ali
The Art of Parvez - Roderick Knowles
Glowing Fire - Camile Mirepoix
The Sadequain controversy - The Leader
Shocking But Stimulating - John Ridley
Exhibition: Childishly Yours - Ahmed Parvez
The Last of the Mughal Painters - Hamid Zaman
Ecstasy in Abstract - Dawn Review
Suzy Gablick Seminar - Leader
Arts Council Lahore - Review
Return of the Artist’s Artist (sic) - S. Ali Imam


Ahmed Parvez Who Lived with Himself - Yunus Saeed
Violent storms - Sultan Ahmed
The Colours of Vibrant Brilliance - Mariam Habib
Remembered in Paris - Zafar Masood
An imaginary dialogue with Ahmed Parvez - S. Ali Imam
Requiem For Ahmed Parvez - A. R. Nagori
Colour Plates - 59 pages
Parvez by B.M. - Line Drawing
Ahmed Parvez 1926 - 1979

The publication’s Introduction, by Marjorie Hussain and Wahab Jaffer includes the following:

“One of the country’s modern masters, sadly, little is known of Ahmed Parvez among art students today and without a permanent collection of national treasures there can be little in the way of reference. We hope that this effort will shed some light on this complex but interesting man who, regardless of gathering clouds of illness and agitation painting with the sweetness and joyous colours of an angel. It is our hope that by reproducing a number of the artist’s paintings, the galleries, dealers and art collectors will have a means of reference to compare the true with the fake art that services from time to time in the market.”

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»  Ahmed Parvez

Born, 1926 in Rawalpindi, (now Pakistan, then India). Died, 1979