Date of birth- 1939 25th December, Kairana, Uttar Pradesh, India.
1953 Studied Indian Miniature Painting with the late Ustad Muhammad Shariff, National College of Arts, Lahore
Jamil Naqsh was born in Kairana, Uttar Pradesh in 1938. In a still rapidly expanding art world, Jamil Naqsh holds a key position. He is the best-known contemporary artist from Pakistan, long famous in his own country, and also well established in international auctions.
His work reflects, not just the culture of Pakistan, but also that of the whole of the Indian subcontinent, both Muslim and non-Muslim. In particular, there are many echoes of the imperial Mughal regime that once ruled the whole of India.
Jamil Naqsh demonstrates how an artist with major gifts, coming from this background, has been able to enter into a fruitful relationship with Western Modernism, and thus link himself to what is now a worldwide community of visual artists.
This new series of paintings employs motifs that have long been identified with Naqsh’s work, but uses them in ways that, to the European eye at least, seem even more closely attuned than formerly to aspects of the European classical tradition. These are tranquil paintings; sure of the story they want to tell.
1961 First Prize, Women’s International Club, Karachi.
1962 Gold Medal, Pakistan Arts Council, Karachi.
1980 Shakir Ali Award, Ministry of Culture, Government of Pakistan.
1989 President’s Pride of Performance Award.
1989 Pursuit of Excellence Award, The Artists’ Association of Punjab, Pakistan.
1962 Pakistan Arts Council, Lahore.
1963 Pakistan Arts Council, Karachi.
1963 The Pak-Brazil Friendship Association, Beach Luxury Hotel, Karachi.
1967 Pakistan Arts Council, Karachi.
1971 Pakistan Art Gallery, Karachi.
1996 Establishment of Jamil Naqsh Foundation and Museum, Karachi.
1996 Homage to Marino Marini, Momart Gallery, Karachi.
1996 Beyond Words, The Art Gallery, Islamabad.
1996 Modern Manuscripts, Momart Art Gallery, Islamabad.
1996 Private viewing hosted by Amina and Jehangir Tareen, Trustees of Jamil Naqsh Foundation, Lahore.
1997 Mother and Child, dedicated to Dr. FaridonSetna, a private viewing hosted by Meher and Husain Sheriff, Trustees of Jamil Naqsh Foundation, Karachi.
1998 Homage to Marino Marini, Jamil Naqsh Museum and Momart Art Gallery, Karachi.
1999 Formal Inauguration, Jamil Naqsh Museum, Karachi.
2001 Magic of the Line, Momart Art Gallery, Karachi.