Thursday, December 20, 2007
Ismail Gulgee was a Pakistan abstract artist that uses reference to Islamic calligraphy. This week, he was found murdered along with his wife Zarrin Gulgee and a maid. It is a sad passing for the art world, and a tragic thing to happen to his family and the maid's family as well. But I also bring him to your attention, because his style reminds me of many of the abstract artists I have viewed on blogosphere. I like his paintings, because he uses the language of Abstraction Expressionism with the influence of Islamic calligraphy. If you have read any of my past blog entries, you know that abstracting text is an investigation that I promote and I create myself. A great resource for Islamic art that relates to script/text is Modern Arab Art: Formation of Arab Aesthetics, by Nada M. Shabout.
I found a Pakistan dealer of Gulgee work Eye for Art gallery.