Ahmed Parvez

(b. 1926) Born on 1926 from Rawalpindi, Pakistan, Parvez was a modernist painter who was a member of The Lahore Group in Pakistan and founder of the Pakistan Group in London. He was among the few early modernists of Pakistani origin to have garnered considerable critical acclaim, with solo exhibitions at the New Vision, Lincoln, and Clement Stephens galleries in London, along with exhibitions at London's Commonwealth Institute and the Ashmolean Museum in Oxford between 1952-64. In 1962, Parvez held a two-man exhibition at the Lincoln Gallery with American painter Alexander Calder. He was once the most exhibited Pakistani painter abroad. Earlier in the 1950s, Victor Musgrave, a British poet, art dealer and curator of Gallery One, considered Parvez to be “without question, the outstanding artist from Pakistan who has made a very strong impact upon the English art world". His extension into the West of the ideals implicit in Muslim art has been an effort of unique importance. From 1955 to 1964, Ahmed lived and worked in London, UK. In the late 1960s, he spent two years living and working in the United States before returning to Pakistan. During this time, he exhibited his work at the Galerie Internationale in New York City and married Reiko Isago, from Sendai, Japan. She would later give birth to their son, Aleem Isago Parvez. In 1978, Ahmed received the President’s Medal for Pride of Performance by the government of Pakistan. Ahmed died of a brain hemorrhage in 1979.