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Ahmed Parvez

Born, 1926 in Rawalpindi, (now Pakistan, then India). Died, 1979

The modest brochure that accompanied Ahmed Parvez’s 1959 exhibition at New Vision Centre Gallery, London, contained several fascinating biographical details, including “Has worked in London since June 1955”, “Founder Member of Pakistan Group, London”, “Has recently been appointed the Hon. Secretary of the C.C.A. - Council of Commonwealth Artists.”

Ahmed Parvez’s work was included in the landmark exhibition The Other Story: Afro-Asian artists in post-war Britain, Hayward Gallery, London, 1989.

The flyleaf of the book AHMED PARVEZ Compiled & Edited by Marjorie Husain, Rangoonwala Trust, 2004 contained the following substantial biographical outline:

AHMED PARVEZ (1926-1979)

Ahmed Parvez was born in Rawalpindi, Pakistan in 1926. He was educated at St. Joseph’s College, Baramulla, Kashmir and Gordon’s College, Rawalpindi. 
     Abandoning the world of commerce, Parvez joined the studio of his artist uncle Jacobus Michael, Lahore and in 1952 he was awarded Top Honours at the Annual Visual Arts Exhibition held at the Punjab University.
     Between 1952 & 1965 Ahmed Parvez exhibited his work throughout Pakistan then proceeded to London.
     Between 1955 & 1964 Ahmed Parvez lived in London where he married Rani. There were four children to the marriage, a daughter Noori and three sons. For a short period Parvez worked in the Pakistan High Commission, London.
     Parvez participated in numerous Group Exhibitions in Britain and countries abroad and showed his work in solo Exhibitions at the: 
New Vision Gallery, London
Lincoln Gallery, London
Ashmolean Museum, Oxford
& Clement Stephen’s Gallery, London,
before returning to Pakistan in 1964
     From 1964-66 Parvez lived in Karachi where he opened a studio. he painted constantly and showed his work in Karachi and Lahore. In 1966 he moved to New York where he married Reiko. a son Aleem was born.
     1968 A Solo Exhibition of Parvez’s work was held at the Gallery International, New York. His marriage to Reiko ended and Parvez retuned to Pakistan in 1969 where he lived turbulently on the sale of his work.
     In 1978 Ahmed Parvez was awarded the long overdue President’s Pride of Performance. A trip to Sri Lanka proved disastrous and Parvez returned within days in a state of depression. Following an exhibition in May 1979 Ahmed Parvez died of a massive cerebral haemorrhage.

 

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Ahmed Parvez

Solo show at New Vision Centre
Organiser: New Vision Centre Gallery

First one-man show at the New Vision Centre Gallery by Ahmed Parvez. The exhibition came with a modest brochure, but dates of the exhibition (beyond its year of 1959) are missing. A very short text on the artist in included, but no author is credited. 

Text as follows:

“LONDON 1959

Ahmed Parvez, amongst the small group of Pakistani painters in London, is one of those slowly asserting himself upon the scene of new painting.

His images, although delineated and constructed with geometric assurance, are sufficiently and loosely expressed to allow a sense of growth to permeate their making. They appear dark and sombre yet inflected with light, isolated, yet vibrant as if emerging from their own twilight world.

Parvez, obsessed with bringing the element of drama into his work, applied weighted strokes to create mass and impact, and by his sensitive use of paint endows his images with a life and a force of their own.

The work of an artist must at all times be organic. It has to survive the space and time span of an Industrial Society. Ahmed Parvez in grappling with the problem of survival has found that figurative concepts are no longer valid.

In going beyond the material and perceived realities of things seen he finds new meaning in the realm of the abstract, exercising his own constructive processes, which eliminates both the superficial and the artificial. He realises the purity of thought and form in terms of his medium.”

The uncredited images on the front and back of the brochure were presumably examples of Parvez’s work in the exhibition.

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Born, 1926 in Rawalpindi, (now Pakistan, then India). Died, 1979

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»  New Vision Centre

London, United Kingdom