Anwar Jalal Shemza


Anwar Jalal Shemza, ‘Meem Two’ 1967
Meem Two 1967
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Anwar Jalal Shemza (Urdu: انور جلال شمزا‬) (14 July 1928 – 18 January 1985) was an artist and writer active in Pakistan and later the United Kingdom. Despite being better known as an artist, Shemza published several Urdu novels and books of poetry in the 1950s and wrote plays performed on Radio Pakistan. Shemza was initially influenced by Modernism most notably Paul Klee although later works also showed a traditional Islamic influence. He was also an accomplished printmaker, having his work exhibited at the International Print Biennial in Tokyo.

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