Born in 1922, Pakistan
Shakir Ali has spent 12 years, 7 years in Bombay
and 5 in London to learn classic and modern art.
He came back to Pakistan in 1952.
Art for Shakir is a meant of expressing his own
lonely personality. It is devoid of sensuousness
and sentimentality, and possesses the distilled
quality of brooding in in solitude on subjects
from life, which only provide point of departure
into the realm of line, tone values and color. His
approach to his craft is essentially of virtuoso.
He treats line solely as a matter of Measure,
short or long, of angles, obtuse or acute. He uses
tone values or chiaroscuro as Weight and
color as Quality. He uses these three formal
elements in the construction of new order and
creates image, which we call the subject.
In the work of such artist, the appearance of recognizable
object is cause for confusion among the viewers.
Every object from organic world has whole range of
associate properties, which exist for viewers, but
may or may not be present in the mind of artist,
when he is painting it. His aim appears to be to
construct symphony in line, tone values and color,
and open now perspective in the dimension of
Shakir, in 1956, is held in high esteem, as an
artist. His background, together with long time at
National College of Arts, first as Head of Art
Department and later as Principal, deservedly earn
him a position of reverence. He has reached the
stage, where he runs the risk of being praised,
without being really understood or