Fantastic Animals and Figures

Tassaduq Sohail (Pakistani, 1930-2017)
oil on paper
Frame : 26 x 22 in. (66.04 x 55.88 cm)
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Gift of David Kamansky and Gerald Wheaton
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Pakistani artist Tassaduq Sohail used a deliberately naïve style to paint dreamlike images populated with diverse assortments of animals and human figures. As in this image, he often portrayed some of the animals with human-like features and showed them interacting in ways that suggest they are part of an unidentified myth or fable. Sohail was born in 1930 in what was then British India. After India gained independence, Sohail moved to Pakistan and eventually to England where he studied at London’s Saint Martin School of Art. He split his time between Britain and Pakistan for more than forty years before settling in Pakistan for good in the early 2000s. He died in Karachi in 2017 at the age of 87.

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Academic Themes
Dreams and Visions