Mosaic’s Visual Arts Exhibition!

The blue diamond of all South Asian Festivals , the TD Mosaic South Asian Heritage Festival, will this year, besides comedy , new wave and parallel cinema films and Bhangra, Bollywood and indie music moves and grooves, also showcase paintings by one of Pakistan’s top painters, Jimmy Engineer. This still form of art will definitely move the heart and mind and set everyone talking.

Pakistan’s unique culture, beauty and dramatic landscapes have given rise to some of the world’s greatest artists, philosophers and writers. Jimmy Engineer is one such individual. Born into a Parsi family in Balochistan, Pakistan, Jimmy, at the tender age of 6 years had a failure of both his kidneys and was given a few months to live. Miraculously, he came through and lived to become one of the world’s most acclaimed artists with over 2000 paintings and 1000 calligraphies to his name which are exhibited in the grand art galleries of over 50 countries. Many people also have his paintings in their private collection. Jimmy was also conferred with the honour of  designing the stamp to commemorate the Indonesia-Pakistan Economic Cultural Cooperation (IPECC) in 1991.

Jimmy does not focus on one particular painting style. He does historical paintings, religious paintings, landscapes, seascapes, still life, architecture and abstracts and paints on canvas, wood and ceramics. He was plagued by vivid dreams of the India-Pakistan partition in his childhood which scholars attributed to a life before and though he finally outgrew them he articulated those visions in paintings called the ‘Partition’ series, which are his most celebrated pieces of art!

He has won several awards including the Sitara-E-Imtiaz(Star of Excellence) Award for art from the government of Pakistan in 2005.

Besides being an excellent painter, Jimmy is also a philanthropist and a crusader for the oppressed and minorities, speaking out about their needs. He has talked with all those of a lesser God but his greatest interaction with them was in 1994 when he walked more than 4000 kilometres all over his native Pakistan, village to village, hamlet to hamlet, town to town for the sake of finding out the problems of the people. He has led numerous walks for noble causes in addition to arranging more than 150 programs of awareness for handicapped, blind, otherwise challenged and orphaned children.

Engineer’s biography titled ‘In Search of My Master’ was launched at the picturesque DA Golf Club in Karachi on January 27. The book is authored by noted art critic, Marjorie Husain. 

His collection will exhibit at the Promenade Art Gallery at 943 Lakeshore Road from August 12- Sep 6 and it will be a great chance for Canadians to appreciate and acquire his remarkable pieces. Jimmy himself will be in attendance up to August 19 and available for all fans and media. The show is masterfully curated by Adil Ali Khan and Asma Arshad Mahmood

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