About The Work
Anwar Jalal Shemza collages from the 1970s are vigorous compositions that fused aspects of Islamic architecture and calligraphy with Western abstraction. Certain themes and motifs recur throughout Shemza’s work such as the walls and gates of Lahore.
Anwar Jalal was born in Simla, India in 1928. He received his BFA from the Mayo School of Art (now National College of Arts) in Lahore, before enrolling at the Slade School of Art, London (1956).While living in London he showed alongside F.N. Souza and Avinash Chandra at Victor Musgrave’s Gallery One, and had solo shows at both Gallery One (1960) and the influential New Visions Centre (1958).
His work has been exhibited widely, including the 6th Triennial of World Art, New Delhi, 1956; 5th Exhibition of International Prints, Moderna Galerija, Ljubiana, 1963; Graphische Sammlu- ng, Vienna, 1963;Treasures from the Commonwealth, Royal Academy of Arts, London, 1965; 6th International Print Biennial, Tokyo, 1968; 1st British International Drawing Biennial,Teeside Art Gallery, 1973 (where he was a Major Prize recipient); The Other Story, Hayward Gallery, London 1989-90; Printmakers of Pakistan, Bradford City Art Gallery & Museum, 1997-98; Typo, Ikon, Birmingham, 1999-2000; Pakistan Another Vision, Centre of Contemporary Art, Glasgow; Hud- dersfield Art Gallery; Brunei Gallery, London, 2000; Migrations,Tate Britain, London, 2012; 5th Gwangju Bienniel, 2014; Trajectories: 19th-21st Century Printmaking from India and Pakistan, Sharjah Art Museum, 2014.
Founded in 2010 by sisters Amrita and Priya with an eye towards representing artists, across generations and nationalities, whose work is informed by South Asia. In 2010, Amrita and Priya produced Sir Anish Kapoor’s firsspruth t-ever public exhibition in India, a landmark event in the country’s art world. Jhaveri Contemporary is dedicated to the creation of original scholarship, with carefully crafted shows. Entwined with this philosophy is another guiding principle: showcasing the heterogeneous practices of long-celebrated luminaries as well as emerging talents, often in generously interrogative conversations.