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Lithograph - Theatre in the round

Theatre in the round

  • Object:

    Lithograph

  • Place of origin:

    London (made)

  • Date:

    1988 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Shah, Jamal, born 1956 (maker)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Printed in ink on paper

  • Museum number:

    IS.62-1988

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Jamal Shah was born in 1956 in Quetta, Balochistan, Pakistan. The artist established the Fine Arts Department at the University of Balochistan and headed the department for three years. In 1985 he formed the Artists Association of Balochistan and became the first Chairman of Artists Association of Pakistan. Jamal obtained a Master's in English Literature from Balochistan University in 1978. He later obtained a Masters in Fine Arts from the Slade School of Art, London.

In this etching we see seven nude figures of various ages circumambulating a rock in the rain as in the ancient ritual of 'Tawaf' celebrated at Mecca during the Haj. In this work, the artist has used the rain to convey a sense of hope rather than depression.

Physical description

Lithograph, printed in ink on paper, seven nude figures of various ages circumambulate a rock in the rain as in the ancient ritual of Tawaf celebrated at Mecca during the Haj. The artist comments that rain did not appear in his work before his visit to the UK and that it signifies hopefulness rather than depression.

Place of Origin

London (made)

Date

1988 (made)

Artist/maker

Shah, Jamal, born 1956 (maker)

Materials and Techniques

Printed in ink on paper

Marks and inscriptions

Signed and dated 'Jamal Shah 88' on lower right.

Dimensions

Height: 63.3 cm, Width: 90.5 cm

Object history note

The artist made this print along with several others in the collection while he was studying at the Slade School of Art. Gift of artist. Rp 88/1624

Descriptive line

Lithograph, 'Theatre in the round' by Jamal Shah, printed in ink on paper, London, 1988

Materials

Ink; Paper

Techniques

Printed

Subjects depicted

Figures; Rock; Rain

Categories

Prints; Bonita Trust Indian Paintings Cataloguing Project

Collection

South & South East Asia Collection

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