Signed 'Jamil Naqsh' (lower left)
Albemarle Gallery, London
EXHIBITED AND PUBLISHED
Jamil Naqsh and the eternal feminine, Pontone Gallery, London, 2017, p. 49 (illustrated)
As an artist, Jamil Naqsh believes that all responsible artists eventually return to the core of their cultural traditions; while adding something new to them. This explains Jamil's single-minded exploration of a personal idiom based on both the Mughal miniature tradition and ghazal.
Part of the Eternal Feminine series, the current lot depicts a close-up portrait of a beautiful young woman accompanied by a pigeon, two of Naqsh's favorite subjects. Here, the bird serves the role of a messenger while also signifying longing, isolation, and love. Sentiments that are pervasive in ghazal poetry and serves as the main motif of his work. The warm sepia monochrome he used lends the picture a tranquil and meditative quality. This imagery also reflects on Jamil's own personal metaphor. Art critic and historian Edward Lucie-Smith posits, "the work offers a touching footnote to the culture from which the painter comes but which he has now left behind, to live in near isolation within the boundaries of a very different cultural situation." (Jamil Naqsh - and the Eternal Feminine, Exhibition Catalogue, Pontone Gallery, London, 2017, unpaginated)