UNITY FEATURES PROMINENTLY IN CREATION OF PAKISTAN

JIMMAY ENGINEER PAYS HOMAGE TO THE REAL HEROES OF PAKISTAN MOVEMENT

AMANULLAH BASHAR
Aug 18 - 24, 2008

JIMMY ENGINEER, known for this unique ideas and concepts he portrays in his paintings has put his soul in is artistic work with a passion to inspire the younger generation that it was the unity among the selfless people of the sub-continent which played a key role in creation of Pakistan on August 14, 1947.

People of Pakistan celebrating the 61st Independence Day as a tradition but the real spirit of nationalism is painfully missing as people have been divided on account of regionalism, provincialism, sectarianism and on the basis of other petty interests by the corrupt and small time leadership for personal gains. The artist has tried to differentiate between the leadership of the day and the past.

Today, the major concerns of the people who love Pakistan is the weakening of the national resolve and spirit among the people as the leadership of the day has put the solidarity of the nation on stake by creating different coteries. This state of polarization has provided an opportunity to the government functionaries to misuse their powers for personal gains instead of safeguarding the interest of the state. Today, slogans are " Dil Dil Pakistan " " Pakistan Ka Matlab Kaya" or "First Pakistan" but these are mere words as the spirit is not visible anywhere in this country.

The unity among the people and provincial harmony is the key to fight collectively against the enemies within or outside Pakistan but unfortunately the people have been thrown in a mess of individualism. The trend of getting problems resolved individually is quite conspicuous in the society. For instance, people get generators to deal with the issue of load shedding and power break downs. They do not bother to make collective efforts for better power generation and distribution system by raising voice against the problem. They preferred to travel in their own car or bike instead of making collective efforts to force the government for mass transit as in vogue in other countries. Since the individualism has adversely affected the concept of living in community, the isolated people have to hire security guards for home security. Such solutions on individual grounds have opened doors for mafias to exploit the people. People in certain localities of Karachi have no option but to pay to tanker mafia to get drinking water. It is said that justice delayed is justice denied. In our country poor people have to run for years to get justice, but the system is so corrupt that around 5 lakh cases are pending in the courts for more than a decade. These few examples are enough to explain how people have been divided by the corrupt leadership. The situation is becoming so alarming as it is weakening the existence of social and national fabric of the society. Consequently, the basic requirement of peace, freedom and security is missing from the national scene

Jimmy has tried to make the younger generation realize value of unity induced by selfless leadership of the past which helped achieving the precious goal of a separate homeland as a result of Pakistan movement. The poor people seen in his paintings who sacrificed everything they had including their lives for creating Pakistan a safer place for their coming generations must be turning in their graves on the fast erosion of human, social, political and even economic values in our society.

Jimmy has worked to inspire the younger generation for revival of the dying spirit of nationalism which is the only key for survival of this country and other values as well.

Jimmy paints a variety of themes, and has done landscapes, still-lifes, cultural paintings, religious paintings, seascapes, calligraphy, philosophy of colors, miniatures, abstract, historical paintings, paintings on war and philosophical paintings as well and of course, self-portraits. Many of his paintings are in private collections in Italy, France, Denmark, Switzerland, Russia, India, China, Yugoslavia, Japan, Australia, Canada, England, Korea, Sri-Lanka, Germany, Singapore, Sweden, Nairobi, Belgium, Abu-Dhabi, Dubai, Austria, Spain, Thailand, Philippines, Malaysia, Indonesia, Hong Kong, Kenya, Turkey, USA, and of course in Pakistan. He has painted over 2,000 original paintings and over 1,000 Calligraphies and over 200,000, prints are in private collections in more than 50 countries.

Born on 13th August 1954 in Loralai Baluchistan, Pakistan in a Parsi family, Jimmy Engineer was to grow up to break all barriers of caste, creed and religion. Jimmy completed his schooling from St. Anthony's High School, Lahore. After a brief interlude at the Forman Christian College, Lahore, he spent three years with the National College of Arts. He then turned professional in 1976. His equal relevance to the rich as well as the poor, literate or illiterate, religious or atheistic, speaks volumes for his dedication and honesty. He can bring succor and relief to all those in need. Although an artist by profession, his true passions in life are his fellow human beings and their welfare. Much of his efforts for supporting individuals as well as institutions remain undocumented and unsung.

His penchant for social service, however, in no way detracts him from his artistic performance, for his art has received acclaim nationally as well as internationally. His canvases on the 1947 holocaust depict in graphic detail the suffering, bloodshed and sacrifices that ushered in the birth of Pakistan. This pioneering effort is intended to capture the imagination of successive generation of Pakistan and imbue them with a similar urge and desire for sacrifice and dedication to the country. These canvases and murals have been exhibited extensively in the country as well as abroad and have won him fame and fortune. The latter he spends generously on charitable work and is content to lead an ascetic life.

A peaceful crusader for the oppressed, disabled, mentally handicapped, impoverished and generally for who so ever needs him. Jimmy has the rare ability to communicate with people from all walks of life. He has adopted an unusual but highly effective method for creating awareness about issues close to his heart. His numerous walks, have taken him, over the length and breadth of this country in pursuit of diverse objectives mostly in the context of promotion of human rights and human dignity, enhancement of quality of life and the creation of an equitable civil society in this country.

He paints a variety of themes, and has done landscapes, still-lifes, cultural paintings, religious paintings, seascapes, calligraphy, philosophy of colors, miniatures, abstract, historical paintings, paintings on war and philosophical paintings as well and of course, self-portraits.

Many of his paintings are in private collections in Italy, France, Denmark, Switzerland, Russia, India, China, Yugoslavia, Japan, Australia, Canada, England, Korea, Sri-Lanka, Germany, Singapore, Sweden, Nairobi, Belgium, Abu-Dhabi, Dubai, Austria, Spain, Thailand, Philippines, Malaysia, Indonesia, Hong Kong, Kenya, Turkey, USA, and of course in Pakistan.

He has painted over 2,000 original paintings and over 1,000 Calligraphies and over 200,000, prints are in private collections in more than 50 countries.

AWARDS

1. The All-Punjab Cultural Award in 1976.

2. The All-Punjab First Prize in 1978.

3. A Gold Medal in nation-wide Islamic Exhibition in 1978.

4. A Gold Medal for the best performance in the Fine Arts by the Literary Society of Pakistan. (Bazme-Shua-e-Adab) in 1978.

5. An Award by the Literary Society of Pakistan for best Artist (Bazme-e-Shua-e-Adab) in 1979.

6. An Award in National Exhibition in 1981.

7. An Award by the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting in 1981.

8. The National Award for Minorities in the Fine Arts in 1983.

9. The Rotary Youth Leadership Award for outstanding performance in painting 1986 to 1987.

10. The National Endowment of the Arts Award, USA in 1988.

11. The Peshro Club Youth Award for the best Calligrapher in 1989.

12. The New Age Leader Award for Humanitarian Service by the Galaxy of Youth in 1991.

13. The Allama Mohammad Iqbal Memorial Award presented for outstanding performance in painting by Ghanchi Community in 1992.

14. CAK Award presented for outstanding performance in painting by Catholic Association of Karachi in 1992.

15. Gold Medal presented for outstanding performance in painting by Ghanchi Youth Council in 1993.

16. An Award by the Pakistan Boy Scouts Association in 1993.

17. An Award for humanitarian services by Ghanchi Community in 1993.

18. Medal Presented by Society for the Welfare of Poor Patients (S .W.P) in 1993.

19. Gold medal presented by International Cosmopolitan Rotary Club of Pakistan, for humanitarian services rendered in 1997.

20. Human Rights medal was presented for humanitarian services rendered by the Human Rights Society of Pakistan in 2000.

21. Life time achievement award for Humanitarian services by Karachi Welfare Citizen Organization in 2002.

22. An award by Waqar-e-Adab a literary association was presented for life time achievement for social work in 2002.

23. An award for social work by Hazrat Khawaja Farced Sanghat Academy Pakistan in 2002.

24. In the name of Allah award was presented for humanitarian services by Waqar-e-Adab a literary association of Pakistan in 2003.

25. Sitara-i-Imtiaz (Civil Award) for Art from the Government of Pakistan 2005.

26. Award by Karachi Gymkhana for outstanding performance in Art and Humanitarian causes 2005.

27. Gold Medal for social work presented by Kalia Group (KRG) in 2006.