Iqbal Hussain (b 1950) grew up in a family of sex workers in a 300-year-old brothel in Heera Mandi Lahore. He finished his studies at the NCA in 1974 and in later years taught there. He now uses the women sex workers as models for his impressionistic portraits.
Iqbal Hussain’s subjects sometimes tend to shock, but he follows his own visions and continues to paint his unconventional and radically innovative paintings. He enjoys a great reputation as an artist in the international art world. His paintings have been requested by Jordanian Princess Wijdan Ali for the Jordanian Gallery of Fine Arts. His were the only ones selected for Unesco Headquarters Prize in 1995, Paris. In 1998, one of his paintings was auctioned at the Sotheby’s in London.
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