Colin David

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Colin David
BornDecember 1937
Died25 February 2008(2008-02-25) (aged 70)
Lahore, Pakistan
OccupationPainter (artist)
AwardsPride of Performance Award by the President of Pakistan (1995)

Colin David (December 1937 – 25 February 2008) (کولن ڈیوڈ)[1] was one of Pakistan's most popular painter-artists of the 1970s.[2] He was mostly famous for his figurative nudes.[3]

Early life and education[edit]

Colin David was born in Karachi, British India in December, 1937.[1][3] He started studying art in the Fine Arts Department of Punjab University, Lahore in 1956.[1] In 1961, he graduated with a master's degree in Fine Arts.[1][3] He went on to study at the Slade School of Art, London where he was guided by Sir William Coldstream.[1][3]


Colin David returned to Pakistan in 1962 and rejoined the faculty of the Punjab University, Lahore and taught there until 1964.[1] He was known to his friends as a friendly, thoroughly professional and encouraging teacher.[3]


Colin David also taught at the National College of Arts, Lahore for over two decades.[2][1]

Painting exhibits[edit]


  • Lahore – 1962, 1965, 1970, 1974, 1983, 1990, 1993
  • Karachi – 1970, 1974, 1980
  • Rawalpindi – 1971, 1975



His paintings are displayed at the Clifton Art Gallery, Karachi, Pakistan Arts Council, Lahore, National Art Gallery, Pakistan and National Arts Gallery, Jordan.[3]



Colin David died on 25 February 2008 at Lahore, Pakistan.[4][3]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g Marjorie Husain (27 February 2008). "Colin David: A master of contemporary art". Dawn. Retrieved 21 December 2019.
  2. ^ a b c 9th National Art Exhibition pays tribute to Pakistan's legendary artists Daily Times (newspaper), Published 16 February 2018, Retrieved 6 May 2020
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h i Mehtab Haider. "A giant of Pakistani art world passes away". The News International (newspaper). Retrieved 7 May 2020.
  4. ^ Ajaz Anwar (1 December 2019). "Another (near) aborted exhibition". The News International (newspaper). Retrieved 7 May 2020.

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