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Roderic Knowles

In 1962 Roderic Knowles wrote an important essay on Ahmed Parvez, titled ‘On the art of AHMED PARVEZ’, for Lincoln Gallery Art Editions.

From the text: “Parvez is now recognised as a British artist. He has absorbed much of the mental climate of this country, but the impressions and cultural heritage of his youth remain very much a part of him, particularly the impact of his surroundings which he describes as ‘the greatest joy of those most impressionable years, the presence of the majestic snow-capped peaks, that reflected the passing of the sun in gleams of silver and shades of mysterious blue… and the unending explosion of a strange warmth’. He has never drawn a mountain, but he has expressed feelings about them in quite different ways. The sense of imminent revelation, the sudden release like a final chord of Beethoven are the mountains that accompany the sudden dramatic presentation of his image.”

Several years later, Knowles provided a relatively lengthy appreciation of the art of Ahmed Parvez, to coincide with a showing of the painter’s work in Karachi taking place during the last two weeks of March 1966. knowles’ text appeared in Evening Star, Karachi, March 17, 1966. The text one of a number of reviews and reflections on Parvez’s work that appeared in AHMED PARVEZ, a book compiled and edited by Marjorie Husain, and published by Rangoonwala Trust, 2004. To date, this invaluable book represents the largest assembled body of material on Parvez 


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Catalogue relating to an individual, 1962