Have a heart for art

AT A time when most people buy a painting depending on whether it matches with their curtain or sofa colour, here is a man who is on a mission to help people appreciate good art.

By Ambica Sachin (Staff Writer)

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Published: Wed 28 May 2008, 12:39 PM

Last updated: Sun 5 Apr 2015, 3:40 PM

Jimmy Engineer, a Parsi artist from Pakistan, who exhibited 65 limited edition prints of his paintings in Dubai, is however more than happy with the response he garnered during his visit to the emirate.

“I had come on a goodwill trip to Dubai. The main purpose of my visit was to show people the art of excellence - that art can help humanitarian causes.” The exhibition may have got over yesterday but Engineer is already in talks with people in Dubai to hold another one in the city - but this time of his Canvas prints. “ We plan to auction off some of the prints, the proceeds of which will be given over to a worthy local charity,” he explains.

The artist who is responsible for establishing the ‘walk culture’ in Pakistan says he is also ready to walk anywhere in the UAE for any charitable cause, whatsoever.

As he stresses: “My art is for humanity. I want to show the world that there is more to art than just buying and selling.” The artist is completely in awe of the beauty of the emirate. “To create a country out of nothing to such a level of excellence is truly commendable.” The vision of Dubai’s rulers is truly to be admired, he says.

“I want to thank Byram Avari, who helped organise my exhibition at his hotel as well as all the people who came to view it,” he says.



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