Being termed a controversial painter in Pakistan, Iqbal Hussain grew up in a family of prostitutes and now uses women as models for his impressionistuc portraits. “They are holy people.” Hussain says, standing on the roof of the four-story, 300-year-old brothel in which he was born.
His subjects sometimes tend to shock ‘puritan painters’, but Iqbal follows his own visions and continues to paint his unconventional and radically innovative paintings.
He enjoys a great reputation as an artist in the international world of art. His work conveys all of these emotions and brings extraordinary characters to life. Iqbal Hussain’s paintings have been requested by the Jordanian Princess Wijdan Ali for the Jordanian Gallery of Fine Arts. His paintings/works were the only ones from Pakistan nominated for the UNESCO Headquarters Prize in 1995, Paris in 1998, one of his Paintings was auctioned at the Sotheby’s Auction House in London.