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Lot 257

Ahmed Parvez (Pakistani, 1926–1979), Untitled (Vase), signed and dated 'PARVEZ '78' lower left,...

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Lot 257

Ahmed Parvez (Pakistani, 1926–1979), Untitled (Vase), signed and dated 'PARVEZ '78' lower left,...

Price Realised: £3,900

Estimate: £3,000 - £5,000

Price realised is hammer price plus fees (30% Buyers Premium inclusive of VAT).

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Lot 257


Ahmed Parvez (Pakistani, 1926–1979), Untitled (Vase), signed and dated 'PARVEZ '78' lower left, pastel on paper, framed and glazed, 55 x 35 cm.

Note: Ahmed Parvez was born in Rawalpindi, Punjab, Pakistan. He studied at the Government College for Boys in Baramulla, Jammu and Kashmir and later at the Gordon College in Rawalpindi. Interested in the arts since a young age, Parvez was quickly discouraged by his family and found a job at a clearing and forwarding agency in Karachi.

He started to paint only in 1952, when he moved to Lahore and started to train in his uncle's architect studio. The same year he won the University of Punjab shield for men at the annual All Punjab Art Exhibition. In 1955, he moved to London, and founded the 'Pakistan Group of painters'. During his time in the UK, Parvez's works were exhibited in several galleries and institutes including the Woodstock Gallery, the Dennis Bowen's New Vision Centre, the Commonwealth Institute, Lincoln Gallery, London and at Oxford's Ashmolean Museum and Bear Lane Gallery. Parvez left London in 1964 and returned to Karachi where he opened a studio and continued to paint and exhibit. He received the President's Pride of Performance Award in 1978.

Considered primarily a colourist, Parvez became known for working on small canvases in watercolour and gouache, densely filling the space. S. Amjad Ali has described his work as 'prismatically colourful' and 'marked by bursting nervous energy that expressed itself in vigorous drawing made up of short strokes and sharp turns and twists of the line' (Painters of Pakistan, p. 135).

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The buyer shall pay the hammer price together with a premium thereon of 26% up to £20,000 (31.2% inclusive of VAT), 25% from £20,001 - £500,000 (30% inclusive of VAT), 20% from £500,001 thereafter (24% inclusive of VAT). The premium price is subject to VAT at the standard rate.

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