Abdul Jabbar Gul grew up in a remote area of Pakistan, MirpurKhas, with no conventional art activities taking place in his surroundings. Despite that, Abdul still managed to get his source of inspiration from an ordinary artist, who used to sit along his way to school creating portraits and calligraphies. Seeing him every day and observing his technique with fascination, motivated Abdul to attempt calligraphy and sketching.
When it was time to choose a field for his future, Abdul Jabbar Gul chose to be an artist and got admission in the National College of Arts, Lahore. There, he explored diverse disciplines and selected sculpture as a major. According to the artist:
“In sculpture I found what I had been searching for all along. It helped me develop my senses and increased my awareness towards the world around me. I learnt to see and feel my surroundings in an entirely new way. I found my passion”.
He has made his own place in the art world through his genuinely created sculptures, which reflect the passion that went into their making. Now, he can be referred to as a master sculptor, and he is also a faculty member at the Indus Valley School of Art and Architecture, Karachi.
To Abdul, the human form is the ultimate sensation of the universe and he gains his inspiration from it. He uses diverse techniques, such as additive processes like modelling and subtractive processes like carving, and creates tremendous pieces of art, the likes of which no one else even imagines.
Abdul Jabbar Gul finds wood to be a sympathetic medium due to its organic nature. He uses the nature of this medium to explore the questions that his life’s circumstances have laid out for him. However, there are no conclusions in his art; it only “speaks of the mysteries and ambiguities faced in this process”.
The main sources of inspiration for the artist are Humanity, Politics, Spiritual Belief, and especially ordinary people. These ‘ordinary souls’, as he calls them, have common sufferings and relationships that the artist expresses in his work. Other than this, Abdul uses his unique style of art to explore matters related to spirituality and Sufism, as well as political issues that range from local to global.
For Abdul Jabbar, the primary motivation for his work is self-expression. For him, it is paramount in this life that humans inquire about their lives. It is vital for one’s evolution.
“So much is happening out there that one cannot cease to question oneself... especially if you are an Artist”