Collin David

(B. 12.06.1937)
  Masters in fine arts, University of the Punjab Lahore; postgraduate study at Slade School, University College, London. One-man shows: Lahore 1962, 1965, 1970, 1974, 1983, 1990, 1993; Karachi 1971, 1974, 1980; Rawalpindi 1971, 1975. Participated in group shows at Lahore 1958, 1960; Karachi, Dacca, Milan, Turkey, Jordan, Japan, Belgium, Italy, Spain and the United States of America. Paintings acquired by private and public collections including the Pakistan Arts Council Lahore; Pakistan National Art Gallery; National Arts Gallery, Jordan. Has won several national and provincial awards including the Quaid-i-Azam award for painting 1979 and President's Pride of Performance award, 1995.
 
National College of Arts, 1961
Not surprisingly this institution, which has produced many generations of artists, has also been the most frequently painted of Lahore's historic buildings. Established as the Mayo School of Arts in memory of the British Viceroy of India, Lord Mayo who was assassinated in 1872, it was erected with funds raised by subscription. Formally sanctioned in 1974, it began as a school in a house in Anarkali and shifted when this building was completed in 1882. John Lockwood Kipling, from the Government Art School in Bombay and father of the Nobel laureate Rudyard Kipling, was its first Principal.

In this early work Colin David in the semi-abstract manner, responds to the architectural elements of this centre of excellence.
 
 
Railway Platform, 1960
The British laid the railway system and opened out large tracts of land in the Punjab to commerce and trade. It transported raw material to the ports on the Arabian Sea and troops to fight in the north. The construction of the station started in 1859 under Sir John Lawrence, Chief Commissioner of the Punjab (1858 - 1859) and was conceived as a fortress in view of the Uprising of 1857. Colin David however, goes beyond the defensive structure and brick gables. He prefers the human dimension. Not for him the architectural achievement of the British. Not for him the architectural achievement of the British, but the humbler life of the common man inside, on the platform.  
 

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