“The neglect of architectural heritage in our country has crossed all limits. The concern about the perpetual loss is very small…. Jamil Hussain’s pieces of ceramics are reminders of the resplendent heretofore. His solicitude is remarkable and his efforts meritorious and commendable. His ceramic sculpture in relief and in round with bewitching glazes are an affidavit of Jamil’s touching concern…” (Professor Dr.Shaukat Mahmood)
An exhibition of exquisite ceramic sculpture by Jamil Hussain the artist from Lahore, with all its delicacy and detail, revealed how the artist created his beautiful sculpture with his chosen media: “The silken touch of wet clay…” The work of Jamil Hussain portrays his desire to create a greater awareness of a magnificent history of art and architecture that exists in diverse regions of Pakistan. In his solo exhibition held at the VM Gallery, Karachi, he salutes the widespread culture and history of his homeland. The artist took his MFA in Graphic Design from the College of Art and MFA in Graphic Design from the College of Art and Design, Punjab University 1991. Diploma in Ceramics in 2oo8 from Lahore College. Also earned a diploma in Floriculture and has gleaned several awards for flower arrangement.
The work of Jamil Hussain portrays his desire to create a greater awareness of a magnificent history of art and architecture that exists in deiverse regions of Pakistan. In his solo exhibition held at the VM Gallery, he salutes the widespread culture and history of his homeland.
His attention to the grandeur and history of past architectonics has been the source of the artist’s travels, with visits to museums and neglected sites throughout the country. In the process the artist gathered a record of photography. He believes as quoted by Victor Hugo: “History is an echo of the past in the future; a reflex from the future on the past.”
Jamil is Art Director of Leo Plus Communications and has shown his work in exhibition in several solo exhibitions. The outstanding exhibition of his work shown at the VM Gallery, is the artist’s sixth solo show and his first exhibition in Karachi.
On viewing a sample of the artists work for the first time, the Director of the VM Gallery, Riffat Alvi, was captivated by the diverse and minutely patterned work of the artist. She approached the artist and persuaded him to show his sculpture in Karachi at the VM Gallery. Overcoming the problems of packing such delicate components, with their carefully constructed frames, Jamil agreed, and Karachi’s art collecters were quick to show their appreciation.
The work with its incredible detail has a magical ambience. A miniature element is there with the delicately and incredibly diminiutive areas of design. His work in show has been appraised by distinguished art authorities.
He creates new forms and shapes with elements and components taken from the rich and varied repertoire of our built heritage…the past always lives on in Jamil’s work” (Dr.Saifur Rahman Dar)
“Jamil Hussain is an artist who could well have been an architect. His keen observation and the ability to create infinite variations of cultural forms and spaces are remarkable. He works in ceramics and creates sculptural pieces with beautiful tactile quality, laden with the formal innovations of our heritage. (Shahnawaz Zaidi)
Visiting the gallery on the exhibition opening at the VM Gallery, one discovered that the level of public appreciation shown for the artist’s work as almost before the show officially opened, half of the work displayed was already booked. Jamil Hussain was present to guide one around the beautiful display and to explain details of the period of the original work that inspired him. He talked of his materials and the intricacies of his work, pointing out the refinement that existed in the creative architects of past times.
“As regards wet clay, I am always impressed with its silken touch. It is my mission to highlight the importance of our heritage and its role in our lives. We have adapted alien values and forgotten out own. A flower in a garden may not attract a pass-by, but if the same flower becomes a part of a flower arrangement, and is placed in a drawing room it attracts the attention of all entering the room. With this same consideration, I have selected some dilapidated, neglected, forgotten elements of monuments which no-one bothers to look at. Our built heritage was designed and developed by the people of our land while keeping in mind the weather conditions. There is no match in terms of beauty and practicality of our built heritage. It is my passion and mission to create an awareness, to preserve the Proud legacy of our heritage for future generations. (Jamil Hussain)
Viewing the work of Jamil Hussain one was fascinated and time appeared to stand still. The details of the decorative aspects, fragments of glass embodied to add colour, suggestions of tiny bricks and grand archways leading into inner courtyards held one spellbound. This exhibition at the VM Gallery was a triumph. Kudos to Riffat Alvi for her constant efforts to curate meaningful art events in Karachi.