Ustad Allah Bux
(1895 - 1978)
Ustad Allah Bux was active/lived in Pakistan. Ustad Bux is known for Landscape and portrait painting.
Ustad Allah Bux
Biography from Christie's New York, Rockefeller Center
A leading proponent of the Western academic style, Allah Bux was
bestowed the title of 'Ustad' or 'Master' because of his abilities and
achievements as an artist. A master of both watercolor and oil painting,
Bux painted from natural phenomena which he later adapted in the
studio. His work is heavily influenced by both local and folk cultural
heritage, and western artistic practice. The artist's depictions of
rural Pakistani life and mythology have enjoyed great popularity and
Biography from Bonhams Bond Street
"Bux explored a variety of subjects during his early years as a painter.
Before Partition, he was well-known for his representations of Krishna,
though he also engaged in landscape and portrait painting. He was as
versatile with media as with subject matter, and some of his mixtures of
media were quite innovative. His painting was realistic with a romantic
edge, inspired by the Indo-Western style practiced in Bombay and the
European paintings in the Royal Patiala collection. A number of very
beautiful, unusual landscapes and figurative panoramas distinguish him
as a talented, imaginative artist." (M. Sirhandi, Contemporary Painting
in Pakistan, Lahore, 1992, p. 27)
Lady with a Peacock by a Rock Pool is an outstanding example of Bux’s
ability to capture the sentimental nature of idyllic Punjabi landscapes.
The waterfall running through the rocky backdrop, the delicate water
lilies and the majestic peacock, all set a romanticized scene. The
artist has celebrated the young woman, yet the female form is
inconspicuously painted so as to be appropriate in a socially
Allah Bux painted numerous depictions of Pakistani folklore, and this
particular work is observably one of his more ambitious and skillful
Born in Warizistan, in what is now Pakistan in 1895, Allah Bux had
become an acclaimed and renowned painter in 1935 when he painted this
piece. Stylistically his works bore the hallmarks of the European
realism tradition however the content of his works were influenced by
indigenous subjects. Known for his paintings of idyllic rural scenes of
his home region of Punjab, Allah Bux routinely looked to Punjab
folktales for inspiration.
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Allah Bux began his painting career
as a signboard painter before working at a railway workshop in Lahore as
a carriage painter. Bux also worked for Agha Husher's theatrical
company painting theatrical set backgrounds. By 1919 he had become a
landscape and portrait painter in his own right. Such was his reputation
by this point that he was invited by the Maharaja of Patiala in 1937 to
paint exclusively for him.
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