Ustad Allah Bux

A commemorative postage stamp on the Painter of Pakistan (Series) – (Late) Ustad Allah Baksh (Circa 18921978) :

Pakistan Painter & Painting Stamp 1991Issued by Pakistan

Issued on Dec 24, 1991

Date of withdrawal of the stamp : 23 June, 1993

Issued forTo commemorate the works of renowned painters of Pakistan, Pakistan Post Office is issuing one commemorative postage stamp of Re. 1/- denomination on December 24, 1991.

Designer : Adil Salahuddin (President’s Award for the Pride of Performance)

Courtesy : Javed Latif SKYPAK International, Karachi

Type : Stamp, Postal Used

Denomination : Re. 1/-

Colour : Multi colour

Size of stamp : 57.30 x 32.5 mm

Size of print : 54 x 28.5 mm

Perforation : 13 C

Quantity : 500,000

Number of stamps in a sheet : 20 (5×4 rows)

Process of printing : Litho Offset

Printers : Pakistan Security Printing Corporation

Name : Allah Bux

Born on 1892 at Wazirabad, Gujranwala District, Punjab, Pakistan

Died on Oct 18, 1978

About : 

  • Ustad Allah Bux born in Wazirabad circa 1892. He worked as an apprentice to Ustad Abdullah at a very young age. He also learnt the art of painting from Master Meeran Bakhsh Naqash, a known teacher and painter and was also the Vice Principal of the Mayo School of Arts. Ustad Allah Bux worked for various private agencies as a commercial artist and never stick to one job. He was invited to teach at Sir J. J. School of Arts, the offer was politely declined by the artist. But he accepted to work at the Mayo School of Arts.
  • From a very young age Allah Bux started exhibiting his works. He was awarded 1st prize in painting in a competition held in Bombay. Later on he was awarded countless prizes. He was also awarded President’s medal for Pride of Performance. In 1979, through RCD’s programme, the government of Iran, reproduced one of his paintings on a postage stamp.
  • He was known for painting folk tales, village life, landscapes and portraits. He worked mostly in oils and on larger scales but he also experimented with other mediums. He was fluent in watercolours, pen & ink, tempra colours, pencil and paints. At times he combines various mediums to achieve innovative surfaces. Thematically, Allah Bux was very much inspired by his own surroundings but in his style of painting landscapes he was deeply influenced by the western classical paintings. The reason could be strong hold of British Empire ruling united India.
  • Ustad Allah Bux taught free to his students which include Pakistani as well as Foreigners, some of them are today considered prominent artists. His paintings are preserved by collectors world over and are considered treasure. The National Art Gallery has a representative collection of his paintings which remains on display for public viewing. He left behind amongst many valuables, his studio where he used to spend most of his time. The same has been converted into an academy “Allah Bux Academy” which is a learning ground for those who wants to excel in this great master’s style.
  • He died in October 18, 1978, leaving behind a long list of his admirers and followers. Ustad Allah Bux was a real asset to this nation. His traditions will be preserved for generations in times to come and his contribution will be long remembered.
  • (Contributed by: Pakistan National Council of the Arts Ministry of Culture and Sports).
  • Issued by The Director General, Pakistan Post Office, Islamabad.

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