Anwar Shemza

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Full NameAnwar Jalal Shemza
Date of BirthJuly 14, 1928
Place of BirthShimla, India
Date of DeathJanuary 18, 1985
Place of DeathStafford, England
EducationUniversity of the Punjab, National College of Arts, Slade School of Fine Art
Known ForPainting, printmaking, novels, poetry, playwright
Notable WorksMeem series (1960s), Roots series (1970s), The Page (1984)
Art MovementLahore Art Circle (modernist art)
SpouseMary Taylor (married 1958)
Early LifeBorn into a Kashmiri family; grandfather owned a carpet business in Lahore; father was a civil servant; educated in Shimla, Ludhiana, and Lahore
Career in PakistanOpened Shemza Commercial Art Studio in Lahore; editor of Ehsas magazine; published seven Urdu novels and poetry; plays broadcast on Radio Pakistan
InfluencesInitially influenced by Modernism (Paul Klee); later works showed traditional Islamic influence
AchievementsExhibited at International Print Biennial in Tokyo; member of the modernist group Lahore Art Circle
Scholarships and StudiesStudied at Slade School of Fine Art in London; received British Council scholarship to study printmaking with Anthony Gross
Notable Artistic StyleDistinct geometric structure in early works; blended modernism with traditional Islamic art
Languages StudiedPersian, Arabic, and philosophy before switching to art
DiplomasDiploma in art from Mayo School of Art (1947); diploma in fine art from University College, London (Slade School of Fine Art)

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