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Biography

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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Artworks

Anwar Jalal Shemza Meem Two

1967

Anwar Jalal Shemza Chessmen One

1961

Anwar Jalal Shemza Composition with Number Six

1966

Anwar Jalal Shemza Forms Emerging

1967

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