Colin David

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Colin David (1937-2008) (کولن ڈیوڈ)[1] was one of Pakistan's most popular artists of the 1970s.[2] He was mostly famous for his figurative nudes.[2] He was awarded the President's Pride of Performance Award in 1995.[2]

Early life and education[edit]

David started studying art in the Fine Arts Department of Punjab University, Lahore in 1956.[1] In 1961 he graduated with a MFA.[1] He went on to study at the Slade School of Art, London where he was guided by Sir William Coldstream.[1]



David taught at the National College of Arts, Lahore in the 1970s.[2]



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


His paintings are displayed at the Clifton Art Gallery, Pakistan Arts Council, Lahore, National Art Gallery, Pakistan and National Arts Gallery, Jordan.[2]


  • 1979: Quaid-e-Azam Award for Painting[2]
  • 1995: Pride of Performance[2]


  1. ^ a b c d Colin David: A master of contemporary art – By Marjorie Husain Retrieved 31 January 2011
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h Artists pay tribute to Colin David[dead link] Daily Times 26 February 2008. Retrieved 31 January 2011