Saeed Akhtar

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Saaed Akhtar (Urdu: سعىد اختتر) (b: 1938) is a Pakistani portrait painter. He gained prominence during the late 1970s and 1980s.[1] He now practices art at Saeed Akhtar studio in Johar Town Lahore Pakistan. He won the Sitara-e-Imtiaz.

Early life[edit]

Akhtar spent the early part of his life in Quetta, Balochistan where his father was an Urdu teacher to the British officers stationed there.[2] He graduated from National College of Arts, Lahore in 1964 with a major in sculpture.[3]

Art career[edit]

After graduating from NCA, Akhtar joined its teaching staff. His major commission from this time is the portrait of

M. A. Jinnah

Mohammad Ali Jinnah (1970). The painting currently hangs in the State Bank of Pakistan building in Islamabad. His work has also been displayed in many exhibitions in Pakistan.

Akhtar was commissioned to design Pakistan's largest stamp issue consisting of 27 stamps (SG 801-827), depicting personalities from the freedom movement of the country in 1990.[4] His other designs include the Golden Jubilee of Pakistan issue (SG 1021-1024)[5] and 50th Death Anniversary of Mohammad Ali Jinnah (SG 1048) (set and souvenir sheet).[6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ 1977-1987 revival and return The Big Picture: Six Decades of Paintings in Pakistan. Nigaah. Retrieved 29 July 2010.
  2. ^ March 2010 Book Review: Homage to Saeed Akhtar Nadeem Zuberi Retrieved 27 July 2010
  3. ^ Akhtar, Ministry of Culture, Government of Pakistan, Retrieved 27 July 2010.
  4. ^ Popular's Pakistan Postage Stamps Catalogue, 6th edition. Editor: A. Latif Rasheed. Lahore, 2006 pg 231
  5. ^ Popular's Pakistan Postage Stamps Catalogue, 6th edition. Editor: A. Latif Rasheed. Lahore, 2006 pg 252
  6. ^ Popular's Pakistan Postage Stamps Catalogue, 6th edition. Editor: A. Latif Rasheed. Lahore, 2006 pg 259

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