Body & Soul – A Solo Exhibition by Amin Gulgee

 

 

Internationally renowned metal sculptor Amin Gulgee was born in 1969 and hails from Karachi, Pakistan. He is the son of the legendary Pakistani artist Ismail Gulgee. A graduate from Yale University, USA he has exhibited his works extensively in the USA, Europe and the Middle East. This will be his second exhibition in Malaysia, the first being a hugely successful exhibition entitled ‘The Search for Light’ in 2004.

Body & Soul – A Solo Exhibition by Amin Gulgee

Amin Gulgee is an innovator of tradition. His medium is metal, his inspiration the rich and varied spiritual history of his native Pakistan. In the decade that he has been exhibiting and working, his sculptures have ranged from the purely abstract to works that draw inspiration from Hindu mythology, Buddhist civilisations and Islamic calligraphy.

Although diverse, these directions influence and nourish one another for they all attempt to depict the spirituality of man.

Chief art critic of the Washington Times, Joanna Shaw-Eagle wrote in her review of his one-man show at the IMF in 1999:

“ Mr.Gulgee is an artist to watch both for the originality of his ideas and the sensuous, handsome quality of his work.”

Amin, is today a household name in Pakistan. He is also a widely exhibited artist worldwide with works sought after not only by individual collectors but by public and private institutions. He has been commissioned by the Pakistani government to create numerous public sculptures, including a piece entitled ‘The Message’ for the Islamabad Presidency. Another of Gulgee’s well-known pieces is ‘Minar’ which now stands in Karachi’s Quaid-e-Azam International Airport. His latest masterpiece, the 40ft high ‘Forgotten Text’ jointly sponsored by Glaxo Smith Kline, Merck Marker, Pakistan State Oil, Pakistan Tobacco Company and Siemens, now stands proudly at a prominent roundabout in Karachi, Pakistan.

In 2005, Amin was honoured with the esteemed Pride of Performance Award, which is only bestowed upon individuals who have attained iconic stature in their field of excellence, by the President of Pakistan.

‘Body & Soul’ will be an exhibition that will bring together his geometric calligraphy works and his figurative works to represent body and soul. Amin will also be exhibiting his unique, sculptural jewellery pieces.

“Body & Soul” will be featuring at Wei-Ling Gallery, No.8 Jalan Scott, Brickfields, Kuala Lumpur 50470 Malaysia from 7th August-30th August 2006.

 

Click here for Amin’s CV and previous exhibitions

Examples of works that will be featured:-

Habitat Touching my face II Wall

34″ x 34″ x 22″ 42″ x 14″ x 12″ 48″ x 21″ x 2″

Copper (2006) Copper and brass (2006) Copper (1996)

Fragment I Meem Metropolis II Portal

24″ x 17″ x 6″ 42″ x 42″ x 42″ 48″ x 8″ x 7″

Copper (2006) Copper (2006) Glass & Copper (2006)

 

Fragment II Noon One on Three Steps II

36″ x 20″ x 6″ 42″ x 14″ x 14″ 26″ x 21″ x 14″

Copper (2006) Copper (2006) Copper (2005)

 

Touching my face III Steps III Eden Plant V

25″ x 10″ x 10″ 26″ x 21″ x 14″ 43″ x 15″ x 14″

Copper & Brass (2006) Copper (2005) Copper & Brass (2006)

Worn Necklace Growing in my cube

11″ x 11′ x 2″ 23″ x 23″ x 23″

Copper (2004) Copper & Glass (2006)

Read Articles:

“Spirituality, Body & Soul” by Dennis Chua

New Straits Times, Wednesday 2nd August 2006

“Giving life to metal”

The Star, Tuesday, 22nd August 2006

“Making sense of life” by Rubin Khoo

The Star, Monday, 2nd October 2006

 

 

Author: ismailimail

Independent, civil society media featuring Ismaili Muslim community, inter and intra faith endeavors, achievements and humanitarian works.

8 thoughts

  1. Hi Amin !
    Its Mobushar from germany,I am a hobby painter.Every time I see your work I am always very impressed,the way you make your sculptures is very unique your ideas are very impressive,specially your hand sclptures are fabulous.I wish U all the best for your exhibition.Sorry about my poor english.
    Regards
    M.Khan

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  2. Hi, Ismail amin gulgee, uh!!!!!!! i m just word less @ this time watching your sculptures ………… i can only say : “GREAT”, AWESOME , FANTASTIC ,,,,,,,,,,,,AND SO MORE .
    regards’
    aisha frm karachi

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  3. hi i m Syed Muzaffar Moin i read in BCA PAF-KIET i want to tell i want to meet you because you are famous artist and i respect you i m jouner student i read short course indus velly school of art i think my sketch and painting is great but not senior artist because i m student…….
    thanking 4 u

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  4. SALAM AMIN,
    YOUR WORK IS WONDER OF ART.
    I HAD AN OPPORTUNITY TO MEET MR. GULJEE MORE THAN ONCE SINCE I WAS AN ART STUDENT. ONCE I HAD RECEIVED AN AWARD ON BEHALF OF MY FRIEND AND HAVE THAT MOMENT CAPTURED IN A PICTURE. HE PERSONALLY ADMIRED ON OF THE PORTRAIT OF A GIRL AND A WINTER SCENE FROM MY DAD’S CALENDER THAT I PAINTED, AND IT IS STILL THE PROPERTY OF THE P.E.C.H.S COLLEGE’S ART DEPARTMENT. WISH YOU GOOD LUCK IN YOUR WORK. IF YOU EVER COME TO USA LET US KNOW.

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  5. Hi Amin –
    Just admiring your work (trying to understand it, actually). We were friends ages ago at Karachi American School, used to play in your dad’s studio. Wonderful to see what a fine artist you’ve become in your own right. Best wishes and be well. Samir K.

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  6. i looove amin gulgee and am an absolute fan of his work.the creativaty,the originality and the depth found in his work cannot be found anywhere hes one of the biggest living legends of our counry and undoubtedly in a league of his own.
    i have the greatest respect for this man whose every piece i look at in awe.
    so proud of the fact the he like us is a pakistani and a proud one too.
    i met his father once and i would be one lucky person if i could meet him atleast once in my life.

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  7. Assalamu Alaikum! My name is Valery , I live in Russia. I wish to offer you a lithographic copy of the book of the Islamic contents, and the imam аn Nawawi “Gardens Just” (20 heads on 560 pages).
    The first copy has appeared in 1280 (the Gregorian style), and this copy has appeared in India in the middle of 19 centuries. My great-grandfather has brought it from Mecca from the first xadg in 1898 year.

    With the best regards, Valery!

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