Jimmy Engineer regards series of Pakistan Movement paintings his major artistic achievementAugust 11, 2014
Lahore: World renowned Pakistani artist, social crusader and peace activist Jimmy Engineer has said that he was genuinely proud of having painted different aspects of Pakistan Movement showing, on huge canvasses, the sufferings and sacrifices of millions of Muslim men, women and children and their migration to the newly created Motherland amidst hopes and expectations for starting their life afresh in the land of the pious Pakistan.
He said in a statement on the eve of the Independence Day celebrations that he regarded the series of Pakistan Movement paintings ,which had given him great recognition, appreciation and fame within Pakistan and the world over, as his major artistic achievement.
He maintained that his series of Pakistan Movement paintings were still very much relevant in the prevailing circumstances as these depicted on the huge canvasses in colours, the hope and expectations of the migrating Muslim men, women and children for a better and brighter future in their own Motherland. He said that he had created these series of paintings through sheer imagination and innovative thoughts though he himself was born seven years after Pakistan had come into existence.
Giving some details about creation of these huge paintings ,Jimmy said that few years after he had started working as a creative artist , he suddenly started having bad dreams about bloodshed and violence continuously. He mentioned this to some religious scholars who advised him to start transforming these dreams on the canvass. Accordingly, he started painting these dreams of bloodshed and violence on huge canvasses and the result was the series of Pakistan Movement paintings. He said when he was doing another big painting, bad dreams stopped and he had left that painting incomplete there and then.
Continuing, he said over the years he has been donating the prints of his Pakistan Movement paintings to different institutions and organizations throughout the country for public display. He said that these back-lighted transparencies of the Pakistan Movement paintings were on display at Bab-e-Azadi (Wagah Border), Pakistan Movement Workers Complex, Punjab Assembly, Chief Minister’s Secretariat among several other places in Lahore, Islamabad and elsewhere in the country. Jimmy said that he was still ready for making more donations of the prints his of paintings as the younger generations in particular needed to be apprised, informed and educated about struggle, sufferings and sacrifices of their fore-fathers for the creation of Pakistan and reminded of their onerous duty and obligation to preserve, safeguard and strengthen the national unity, solidarity, security and integrity no matter how much cost they have to pay for this.
Availing the opportunity, Jimmy Engineer underlined the dire need for revival of Pakistan Movement spirit at this critical juncture for safeguarding, preserving and strengthening national security, solidarity and integrity of the Motherland.