Lahore: World renowned Pakistani artist and social crusader Jimmy Engineer has said that he regards mural on Allama Muhammad Iqbal’s collection of Persian poetry “Javid Namah” and series of huge Pakistan Movement paintings as his major artistic achievements.
Talking to his journalist friends on the eve of death anniversary of great poet and philosopher Allama Muhammad Iqbal being observed on April 21,, Jimmy Engineer said that he has been painting for more than four decades and has so far created hundreds of paintings all these years but he considers doing mural to transform “Javid Namah” in colours and series of huge Pakistan Movement paintings highlighting Muslims exodus to their new motherland, carved out on the world map out of nowhere under inspiring leadership of Quaid-i-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah on the basis of concept presented by Allama Muhammad Iqbal, as his major artistic achievements which have given him recognition and appreciation both nationally and internationally as an imaginative creative artist.
He said he had started working to transform “Javid Namah” into a mural of 10 x 15 feet size on the wall of Dr Javid Iqbal’s bungalow on Main Boulevard, Gulberg, Lahore, in 1981 and completed it in about one year in 1982. He said during this period, he had stayed at the residence of Dr Javid Iqbal.
Giving more details in this regard, Jimmy Engineer said that Allama Muhammad Iqbal in one of his letters to his son Javid Iqbal had written that in the first instance, no artist will ever be able to transform “ Javid Namah” in colours on the canvass or a mural and if anyone accomplished this then he will attain international fame and reputation. He said a number of local and foreign artists had tried their hands during life time of Allama Iqbal and even afterwards but had failed to accomplish the challenging task. He pointedly stated that he had undertaken the task as a challenge and was able to complete it in one year with the blessings of Almighty Allah.
Responding to queries about images of mural on “Javid Namah” published in October 2012in a book, Jimmy Engineer said that well-known Indian writer and intellectual Mumtaz Currim had edited and published number of articles written by scholars from India and abroad and published these in a book form under the title of “Jannat: Paradise in Islamic Art” which was published by Marg Foundation. One of the articles included in the book was titled “Javid Nama: Iqbal’s Heavenly Journey” which was written by Syed Khalid Qadri. The said article carried images from the mural painted by him (Jimmy Engineer).
Jimmy said that he regards this as a great honour for himself as well as for Pakistan that the images of mural of “Javid Namah” had been published in a book edited and compiled by well-known Indian writer and intellectual Mumtaz Currim and published by Marg Foundation, publishers of international reputation.
As regards series of since famous Pakistan Movement paintings, he said that he had created this great art work out of sheer imagination and blessings of Almighty Allah though he himself was born in August 1954, seven years after Pakistan had come into existence. He told his inquisitive journalist friends that he would talk in detail about his huge Pakistan Movement paintings, each of which carry big tag in the international market, some other time.