Nazir Ahmed graduated from NCA in 1976 and was highly inspired by Khalid Iqbal, the renowned art teacher and painter. He started giving full attention to his work when he was still in the third year of art school, which led him towards achieving several awards and provided him early recognition.
Nazir Ahmed has continued his journey since then. He is one of those few painters who choose to paint outside rather than in their studios. He enjoys witnessing the influence of changing light on colours in the surroundings and then capturing the details very carefully in the visual field, succeeding in creating the same life and spirit on the surface whether it is a canvas or a paper.
Currently, he is working as Director (Handicrafts and Design) in Punjab Small Industries Corporation, Lahore, but has contributed in many other ways such as designing for various PTV programs, creating illustrations and sculptures for documentary films, upgrading course on designing and illustrations for National Book Foundation, illustrating some books, etc.
Nazir has command over different media including oil paints, water colours, and ink. He uses these mediums with equal confidence, ease and such skill that there is no room for improvement. He approaches all three of these techniques in different styles; for example his oil paints are descriptive and expressive, water colours are distinguished by creating a link between light, shadow and colours, and pen & ink drawings are striking with minimal use of lines. Whatever medium he chooses, he uses it with complete honesty and ends up creating exemplary artworks providing serenity and a soothing effect to all viewers. Nazir states, “I feel immensely happy when I succeed in capturing the scene with the pulsation of those moments”.
Nature is the ultimate source of inspiration for Nazir. He stated, “Nature fascinates me, as it is created not by man but by the Supreme Power and I enjoy its glory, attempting to capture it on my canvas or paper. The enjoyment of seeing, perceiving and then visually translating the nature cannot be described in words – during this process, I feel being in another world”. He studies nature’s brilliance in infinite ways that no one else could have imagined. His paintings represent his admiration for trees, adoration of rivers, fascination with the clouds, love with the bright sunshine, honor to the silhouettes, and an incredible understanding of capturing the beauty of colours and their chromatic effects in nature.
Among trees, Nazir has painted the splendor of almost every tree in his surrounding, including Sumbul, Kachnar, Amaltas, Gul-e Nishtar, Neem, Kikar, Weeping Willow, Bottle Brush, etc. The blooming mustard fields have also received his attention like many other landscape painters. He also took up the challenge of handling those aspects in nature that are not stationary, such as flowing river water and moving clouds. He has also worked on static subjects like historical landmarks such as Kashmiri gate, Delhi gate, Sheranwala gate, Jehangir’s tomb, but not as frequently as natural scenes.
Admiration of nature is evident in his work, which is outstanding in its own way. There is a striking beauty in the simplicity of all the paintings. His works portray the magnificence of the nature with an aura of calm, and is devoid of decorative and adulterated glorification. These are true studies – whether done in oil, ink or water color, it makes one perceive the seasonal characteristics and related impressions.