Renowned Pakistani artist, wife murdered in Karachi

Pakistan's most renowned artist, Ismail Gulgee, was found murdered Wednesday at his residence along with his wife and maid in the southern port city of Karachi, the police said.

Renowned Pakistani artist, wife murdered in Karachi
"Initially it seems that all three were strangled, but we can say something with certainty only after the corpses' autopsies have been carried out," Superintendent Police Asif Ijaz said. Preliminary estimates were that the deaths occurred two or three days ago.

Gulgee, 81, started to paint while acquiring his training as an engineer in the United States at Columbia University and then Harvard.

He was best known for his abstract work influenced by the action painting of the 1950s and 1960s. He is also known for using materials such as mirror glass and gold or silver leaf in his oil paintings.

"Gulgee's calligraphy paintings are abstract and gestural interpretations of Arabic and Urdu letters. His sweeping layers of paint explore the formal qualities of oil paint while they make references to Islamic design elements," the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York says on its website.

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