Ahmed Saeed Nagi
|Ahmed Saeed Nagi|
2 February 1916|
Amritsar, Punjab, British India
|Died||1 September 2006
|Known for||being the 'official artist' of the Pakistan freedom movement|
|Awards||Pride of Performance Award in 1990|
Ahmed Saeed Nagi (Urdu: احمد سعید ناگی) (Born in Amritsar 2nd Feb 1916 –Died September 1, 2006), was a noted Pakistani painter artist. He was known as the 'official artist' of the Pakistan freedom movement.
Nagi was a legend in himself, he used to own those people that he met, by his 'Italian Mafia' style and mannerism. There is a reason he was a legend, he was a friend of friends. A very straightforward person, one of his trademarks was the fact that many of the Presidents and Prime Ministers of Pakistan used to visit his studio at the Jheel Park location in Karachi.
Having a portrait made by Nagi became a trademark for top politicians since Nagi made the first portrait of Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah, (the founder of Pakistan). A person who believed in universality, he was known for his friendship with the late Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto, which was partly the reason he never painted a portrait of Zia-ul-Haq.
Early life and career
Ahmed Saeed Nagi received his education in Amritsar, Lahore, Delhi and Paris. He was a Pakistan Movement activist from 1944 to 1947. Pakistani leaders Jinnah and Liaquat Ali Khan used to give him assignments that he would complete for them in Lahore and other Pakistani cities. He performed art work at the Governor House Karachi, Governor House, Lahore, the historically significant Mohatta Palace building in Karachi. He also performed art work at the Ziarat Residency of Jinnah in Balochistan, Governor House in Peshawar and at the Punjab Assembly building in Lahore.
Death and survivors
Awards and recognition
- His two stalls— Export Pavillion & Tourist Bureau — received Gold Medal Awards for them
- His name was included in the 'Encyclopedia of World Art'
- In recognition of his outstanding achievements as a painter artist, he was honored with the Pride of Performance Award by the Government of Pakistan in 1990
- A book written by Safi Safdar on Ahmed Saeed Nagi's art, titled 'Ahmed Saeed Nagi and his art: an artist with a national vision' 
- Abdur Rahman Chughtai
- Shakir Ali
- Ali Imam
- Anna Molka Ahmed
- Laila Shahzada
- Zubeida Agha
- Ismail Gulgee
- http://www.dawn.com/news/208645/artist-ahmed-saeed-nagi-passes-away, Profile of Ahmed Saeed Nagi on Dawn newspaper, Published 2 Sep 2006, Retrieved 28 Nov 2016
- http://library.namal.edu.pk/cgi-bin/koha/opac-detail.pl?biblionumber=5471, A book review of a book on Ahmed Saeed Nagi's art, Retrieved 28 Nov 2016
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