Anwar Saeed (born in 1955, Lahore) lives and works in Lahore, Pakistan. He graduated from National College of Arts, Lahore in 1978 and later attended the Royal College of Arts, London (1985). Anwar Saeed was an esteemed member of the National College of Arts faculty till October 2014, where he served as an instructor for almost 30 years.
The artist explores the idea of homosexuality in his paintings, challenging the norms of society. He mocks the individuals that love to act as the moral compass of society, disseminating their beliefs and opinions as the absolute truth. Saeed claims that his works are that of “love, pleasure and decadence”. Lately the artist has experimented with digital prints while exploring the same ideas. He also hints at several other social-political issues in his work.
Saeed, along with contemporary artist Naazish Ataullah were the first to introduce lithography and etching in the printmaking department of National College of Arts, Lahore after being formally trained in London. The department prior to this only made use of techniques such as linocuts, woodcuts and relief printing.
The artist has exhibited in several renowned local and international galleries. His work has been shown in many countries including Norway, USA, Australia, Norway, Egypt, England, UAE, Jordan and India.
Most recently, Anwar Saeed exhibited his work in Origins at Khaas Art Gallery, Islamabad (2014).
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