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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 success.

"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 conservative milieu.   Allah Bux painted numerous depictions of Pakistani folklore, and this particular work is observably one of his more ambitious and skillful interpretations.

Biography from Bonhams Bond Street
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. 

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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About  Ustad Allah Bux

Born:  1895 - Warizistan, Pakistan
Died:   1978
Known for:  Landscape and portrait painting