The great painter, Gulgee was murdered in his home in Karachi along with his wife and the maid servant. A bizarre killing by any means, the only items that are missing is the family car. The police are currently looking for a servant and a driver.
Karachi has the highest crime figures in Pakistan and is a dangerous and ruthless place for the non-elite and elite alike.
Gulgee was a self-taught painter and rose to prominence by doing portraits of important leaders such as King Faisal and Zulfikar Ali Bhutto.
His work changed dramatically and went into religious and spiritual realms, providing the Islamic world of some of the most mesmerising calligraphy. Vasl, an international artist’s collective based in Pakistan, considers Gulgee as one of the Master painters of Pakistan. The collective hold an impressive collection of images by Gulgee which you can see by clicking here.
Gulgee’s art will be greatly missed.