Lives and Works: Pakistan
Armed with a Bachelor of Art in Economics and Art History from the prestigious Yale University, USA, Amin Gulgee began his career as an artist in 1990 from his native city of Karachi in Pakistan. Using this ancient land and its rich, diverse history as his muse, his creations synergise Hindu mythology, Buddhist asceticism and Islamic calligraphy to explore the underlying spirituality of man.
An aesthetic patron of Sufism – a unique manifestation of the spiritual side of Islam – his works mirror his individual struggle to perceive himself and to substantiate his essence through an immediate and pure union of the soul with the Divine. The elemental forms and simple scripts in his work, he believes, will help crystallize this connection.
As Amin Gulgee the artist has evolved, so has his work, ranging from abstract sculpture to wearable jewellery, from autobiographical forms depicting himself and his family to his groundbreaking three-dimensional calligraphy. To bridge the gap between the viewer and art, he encouraged that sculpture should be touched and jewellery should be worn close. His medium of choice therefore: malleable metals like bronze and copper.
Other than numerous exhibitions all over the world, Amin Gulgee has also made several public artworks in Pakistan including sculptures called “The Message” for the Presidency in Islamabad and “Minar” at the Quaid-e-Azam International Airport in Karachi. Highly decorated, he has recently been awarded the President’s Pride of Performance – the highest award a civilian can receive by the Government of Pakistan.
Amin Gulgee has been hailed as one of Pakistan’s most important sculptors on the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History.