Saeed Akhtar

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Date of Birth 1938

1964  National Diploma in Fine Arts from the National College of Arts, Lahore, Pakistan.

1967-68  Print Workshop at P.A.C.C. Karachi under American Print Maker Mr Michael Ponce-de-Leon.

1980-81  Studied at the Accademia de-BeleArti, Perugia, Italy on scholarship by the Italian Government.

1980-81  Educational Tour of Major Museums of Europe and the United States of America.


Professional Experience:

1999  Working on the largest Painting of the Quaid-e-Azam and his Companions, 10x30 feet Oil on Canvas.

1998  Designed relief of Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah for One Rupee Coin issued on 14th August.

1998-1999  Designed all Postage Stamps of Pioneer of Freedom series including twenty seven stamps    issued on 14th August for the Golden Jubilee Celebration of the Pakistan Resolution.

1992  Portrait of Jahangir Khan and Imran Khan Sculpture Busts for the Olympic Museum, Lahore.   “Wrestler” relief for the Olympic Museum, Lahore.

1989  A Calligraphic Painting for the Pakistan Union Post Office, Bern, Switzerland.

1989  Painted Portraits of AllamaIqbal, Sir Syed Ahmed Khan, Moulvi Abdul Haq of Bengal for the  Lahore Museum.

1988  Painted the largest Portrait of the Quaid-e-Azam, for the Republic Day Parade, Rawalpindi.

1980  Mural.  ( Title: The History of the P.A.F.)

1979  Relief Portrait of the Quaid-e-Azam for the Centenary Medal for the Armed Forces of Pakistan Commissioned by the Secretary General of the Army Staff. Portraits of the Chief of the Army and Air Staff, Chairman of the Joint Army Staff, Commandents of the Staff College, Quetta, Karachi, Lahore, Rawalpindi, Mangla and Risalpur.

1967-92  Portraits of the Quaid-e-Azam for Major Officer Messes of the Pakistan Army, Air Force, Navy, Presidency,Prime Minister House, National Assembly, State Bank Building, Provincial Assemblies of Balochistan and Punjab, Cabinet Room, Karachi. Portraits of eminent personalities of  Indo-Pakistan for the Prime Minister Secretariats and State Guest House,Rawalpindi.

1975  Portraits of the Heads of States, Islamic Summit Conference, Lahore.

1970  Portrait of Sir Adamjee, Adamjee House, Karachi.

1969  Portraits of  Shaheeds for the Pakistan Military Academy, Kakul.

1967 Designed the New Emblem of the West Pakistan High Court, Lahore.


Paintings in Public Collections:

1    Lahore Museum.

2    Library of Congress, Washington.

3    Abby and Grey Foundation, USA.

4    State University, New York.

5    Armed Forces Museum, Rawalpindi.

6    Smithsonian Institute, Washington University DC, USA.

7    Punjab Arts Council, Lahore.

8    National Art Galleries, Islamabad.

9    State Bank Building, Islamabad.

10  Governor’s House, Karachi and Lahore.

11  Numerous corporations, individuals, inside the country and abroad.


Group Exhibitions:

2008  Colors of Paradise, Muscat, Oman

2006  Dialogue Nitanjali Art Gallery Delhi, in Collaboration with Ejaz Galleries, Lahore ITC Maurya  Sheraton and Towers, New Delhi.

2005  South Korea Art Festival, Seoul

2003  The Spirit of Asia, Mat Woo Hoe Corporation, Seoul

1981-97  Scop III – VII National College of Arts, Lahore.

1994-41 Painters from Pakistan at South East Asian Museum, Pasadina, USA.

1992  Pakistan Contemporary, First SAARC Festival, New Delhi, India.

1991  Exhibition of Paintings of Pioneers of Freedom, Alhamra Arts Council, Lahore.

1991  Exhibition of Paintings, Nairang Art Galleries, Lahore.

1987  Exhibition of Drawings, Alhamra Arts Council, Lahore.

1984  Exhibition of Drawings and Paintings, Islamabad.

1983  Paintings from Pakistan, Exhibition held in Tokyo.

1982  Paintings from Pakistan, Exhibition held in Hirshorn Museum, Washington DC, USA.            

1982  Horse and Rider, National College of Arts, Lahore.

1982  Naqsh-i-Shair, 100th Birthday of AllamaIqbal, National College of Arts, Lahore.

1980  Lahore Contemporaries, Shakir Ali Museum, Lahore.

1979  Contemporary.

1976  Drawings by Six Artists, American Center, Lahore.

1976  Contemporary 1976, Lahore Museum.

1970  All Pakistan Painting Exhibition, The Gallery, Karachi.

1969  South East Asian Artists Exhibition, New York, USA.

1968  Prints Exhibition at Washington State University, New York, USA.

1968  Jashn-i-Hunar, Pakistan Arts Council, Lahore.

1967-68  Armed Forces at Work, Pakistan Arts Council, Lahore.

1967-68  Pakistan Artists as Printmakers” Exhibition:

a)           In  major cities of Pakistan

b)           In  major cities of the USA

1967  Annual Exhibition, Contemporary Art Gallery, Rawalpindi.

1966  Artisans at Work, Pakistan Arts Council, Lahore.

1965  R.C.D. Exhibition, Tehran.

1965  Commonwealth Exhibition, London.

1965  Young Painters Exhibition, Contemporary Art Gallery, Rawalpindi. 

1963-64  Communication through Art, National College of Arts, Lahore.


Solo Exhibitions:

2012  Drawing Exhibitions Art Scene Galleries, Karachi. 

2010  Exhibition & Book Launch, Art Scene Galleries, karachi. 

2009  Ejaz Gallery, Lahore.

1998  Kunj Art Gallery, Karachi.

1997  Symphony in Color, at the National College of Arts, Lahore.

1991  Nairang Art Gallery, Lahore.

1979  The Night Studies at the Art Center, Lahore.

1971  Exhibition of Portraits, American Center, Lahore.

1966  Pakistan Arts Council, Lahore.

1966  The Gallery, Karachi. 


Awards And Prizes:

1998  First Prize at the National Exhibition of Calligraphy at the Pakistan National Council of the Arts              Islamabad.

1997  Fellow of the National College of Arts, Lahore.

1994  The President’s Award for Pride of Performance, Presidency, Islamabad.

1987  Chughtai Award, First Biennial Exhibition, Lahore.

1984  First Prize, National Exhibition of Paintings, Lahore.

1984  Senior Group First Prize for Tarbela in Painting, Pakistan Cultural Association.

1982  First Prize, National Exhibition of Paintings, Islamabad.

1979  Second Prize Contemporary, Punjab Council, Lahore.

1963-64  Prize in All Pakistan Urdu Calligraphy Competition, Lahore.

1963-64  Second Prize in All Pakistan Book Jacket Competition, Lahore.

1963-64  Second Prize in Painting in All Pakistan Painting and Photographic Exhibition, Gujranwala.

1963-64  First Prize in Painting in All Pakistan Inter Collegiate Painting and Sculpture Exhibition,                         Islamia College Lahore.

1962  First Prize in Painting and Photographic Exhibition, Quetta.

1961-62  College Distinction Shields in Drawing and Painting.