Signed and dated '07' (lower right)
Acquired directly from the artist by the present owner
Ismail Gulgee is known for his abstract works inspired by Islamic calligraphy and gestural abstraction movement of the 1950s and 1960s. Using the confluence of abstract and gestural interpretations of Arabic and Urdu letters, he explored Islamic design elements and placed a high value on the unity and movement within his images.
"My work is the externalizations of my inner journey. Through it, I communicate with the pulse of life. The calligraphic form and movement that emerges are 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 the Sufi mystics. At the mystic level, barriers melt away and religious experience whether Buddhist, Hindu or Muslim become one. One could call it the human experience of the ineffable.”
Annemarie Schimmel, M. Ismaili, Gulgee, Ferozesons, 2000, unpaginated