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 “…perhaps nowhere were those troubles placed in sharper focus than in the Indus Gallery in Karachi where an exhibit by artist A. R. Nagori sought to document Zia’s legacy in series of angry paintings…”

- MARK FINEMAN (Author of PAKISTAN: Crisis on Road to Democracy)
(Los Angeles Times, November 27, 1988)

 “Nagori has proved himself as a very talented painter…”

Head Dept. of Fine Arts, Punjab University, Lahore (1965)

“…Nagori’s work shows combination of skill with personal vision and his feeling for design is noteworthy… an exceptionally talented artist…”

- Professor KHALID IQBAL
Painter/Head Fine Arts, NCA (1965)

 “…Nagori has marked sense of design…”

- Professor SHAKIR ALI
Painter/Principal, NCA, Lahore (1970)

“Nagori is a young painter whose work has impressed me a good deal.”

UNESCO Fellow, Painter and Art Teacher, Lahore (1966)

“…It is rather strange that a painter of such committed sensibilities should remain isolated simply because of his non-conformism or self-imposed censors. His contribution to art in Sub-continent stands out, as no other painter has made such consistent attempt to focus attention of socio-political ills in the country…Paintings are not just an expression of agony but are very painterly…The exhibition is just a trend-setter and could be emulated by others socially committed painters as reflection on life could also be an aesthetic and a creative expression…”

(Pakistan Times, November 7, 1986)

 “How is that, living in his particular culture and through its crises, his imagination has been shielded from cynicism? What keeps his mind in the state of innocent, free of fears of God and his emissaries, what gives his colour nervous excitement?…All Nagori’s women are ineloquent. They can’t speak themselves so they arise in him as forms, which he, logically, can set free by speaking for them…”

(DAWN, November 7, 1988)

 “Nagori’s latest exhibition is an example of unrestrained vitriol and lament for what he views diseased state of Pakistan today… Nagori’s kind of art is rarity on the Pakistani art scene. Nagori’s work is refreshingly direct, often stunning and almost always angry. He is true heir to the tradition of political art pioneered by Max Beckmann and Georg Grosz, displaying same biting satire and same dark pessimism without losing sight of pictorial value.”

(Herald, October 1988)

 “In the expanding Pakistan art world of perfervid calligraphers and mindless abstractionists, A.R. Nagori, as a painter vastly different or even unique. He is a consistent painter of protest who reacts strongly to the injustices and horrors all around us and expresses forthrightly…”

(DAWN, January 3, 1992)

“The vitality of his strong lines, tonal complexities and narrative details, packed with shocking exposures of deadly events go to intensify the artistic description in a unique visual language. It is not tongue in cheek condemnation. It is shouting from the house top…”

(Muslim, January 10, 1992)

 “…much of Nagori’s output on display should fall under the rubric of public art since the artist intends to shock and revolt the viewer out of his smugness and complacency… Nagori’s current exhibition focuses on recent episodes of rape that have horrified all of us…”

(TFT, January 16, 1992)

 “The crises of Sindh, both urban and rural is focus of several canvasses… Nagori is unabashedly political. His paintings are like primeval cry of protest against injustice he sees around him…”

(Herald, January 1992)

 “…like a modern day Cassandra, Nagori points out political failings, economic disparity and social injustice meted out to silent majority…”

(Post, January 3, 1992)

“Nagori is an artist who paints as a native of Sindh would – with rebellion in his heart. It is for this reason that his work doesn’t receive any official patronage…”

(Star, June 27, 1985)

“Nagori is an artist of vision and talent. His work is bound to be an asset to Sindh.”

Secretary, Sindh Adabi Board

“Nagori is the only Pakistani painter dedicated to socio-political subject matter. Nagori’s paintings are powerful work of art which communicates through daring imagery and strident colour. He is one of the most dynamic and significant forces in 20th century painting in Pakistan…”

- Professor Dr. MARCELLA NESOM
Art Historian, Author (Transcript: Lecture at Smithsouion Institute, Washington, 1993)
Light of World! Fire of Creativity!

Historically there have been more poets of protest than painters. In the short-troubled history of Pakistan, Faiz Ahmed Faiz, Habib Jalib, Fahmida Riaz, Ahmed Faraz, Ishrat Afreen are just some of them, in painting only one and perhaps the only one was - Abdul Rahim Nagori.

Editor, Canadian Asian News
Director, Human Rights Commission of Pakistan

“Irreverent, bold, and passionate – that’s how I remember Nagori, who was very much part of the struggle – and particularly supportive of the Women’s Action Forum – against Gen. Zia’s military dictatorship.”

- BEENA SARWAR, January, 2011
Journalist & documentary filmmaker

 “The man who spoke his mind and painted what he believed in. He was known to comment upon the disparities of our societies, the institution of power and the forces of bigotry. He questioned the elements of exploitation by using images which referred to religious extremism, military dictatorship and class oppression.”

- QUDDUS MIRZA, The News, January 2011

“Undoubtedly the country's most outspoken radical political artist'”

- MARJORIE HUSSAIN, DAWN, January, 23, 2012