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Print - A staged reception, and a little bit of rain
  • A staged reception, and a little bit of rain
    Shah, Jamal, born 1956
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A staged reception, and a little bit of rain

  • Object:

    Print

  • Place of origin:

    London (made)

  • Date:

    1988 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Shah, Jamal, born 1956 (maker)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Etching in ink on paper

  • Credit Line:

    Given by the artist

  • Museum number:

    IS.57-1988

  • 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. He later obtained a Masters in Fine Arts from the Slade School of Art, London.

In the centre of the print a male figure performs a Paktun (Khatak) dance in the rain. Rain did not appear in Jamal Shah’s work before his visit to London in 1988, but he uses it here as a sign of hopefulness rather than depression. A group of children in the foreground and a feeding chicken are recurring images in his prints. They may be seen as a symbol of the street life of Pakistan. The section of design and piece of printed text taken from a Sotheby’s auction catalogue may refer to modern western perceptions of Islamic art.

Physical description

Etching, ink on paper. In the centre of the print male figures with raised arms perform a Pakhtun (Khatak) dance in the rain watched by a man on the right. Four children stand in the foreground. A chicken feeds in the dark area to the left: text from a catalogue of Islamic pottery is printed upside down; an inverted isosceles triangle at the top contains floral arabesque designs. The title and artist signature are written in pencil along the bottom of the print.

Place of Origin

London (made)

Date

1988 (made)

Artist/maker

Shah, Jamal, born 1956 (maker)

Materials and Techniques

Etching in ink on paper

Dimensions

Height: 113 cm, Width: 82.5 cm

Object history note

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

Descriptive line

Print, 'A staged reception, and a little bit of rain', by Jamal Shah, print, etching, on paper, London, 1988

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Patel, Divia. India and Pakistan: Contemporary Prints: Exhibition leaflets, 1997.

Labels and date

In the centre of the print a male figure performs a Paktun (Khatak) dance in the rain. Rain did not appear in Shah's work before his visit to London but he uses it here as a sign of hopefulness rather than depression. A group of children in the foreground and a feeding chicken are recurring images in his prints and may be seen as a symbol of the street life of Pakistan. The section of design and piece of printed text taken from a Sotheby's catalogue may be references to a modern western perception of Islamic art. []

Materials

Paper; Printing ink

Techniques

Etched; Printed

Subjects depicted

Chicken; Children; Dance

Categories

Prints; Paintings; Bonita Trust Indian Paintings Cataloguing Project

Production Type

Limited edition

Collection

South & South East Asia Collection

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