Sadequain remains an artist who is as relevant as ever. His paintings and murals have received a number of accolades and now it is his poetry in the form of Urdu rubaiye (quatrains) which is being rediscovered. He once said "the measure of an artist is to be measured by his relevance and popularity 50 years after his death." Past the halfway mark now, it seems his sun is waxing stronger with every day to come and will be even more popular at the 50-year mark. - Text excerpted from 'letters to the editor' written by Syed Sultan Ahmed Naqvi in 2012.
Mural painted by Sadeuqin on the Frere Hall ceiling in Karachi. - Photo by Mahjabeen Mankani/Dawn.com
A painting of the the artist. - File photo
An image of the ‘Evolution of Mankind’, which adorns the ceiling of the Miniature Painting Gallery of the Lahore Museum. It is falling apart due to neglect. A panel can be seen peeling off in the photograph. - File photo
One of Sadequain's painting from his later works. - File photo
The ceiling of the Frere Hall, displays in bold, the words, “Arz-o-Samawat” (Earth and the Heavens). It was the last piece of work Sadequain did before he died. He died before he could complete it. - Photo by Mahjabeen Mankani/Dawn.com
An image from an exhibition dedicated to Sadequain. - Photo by Mahjabeen Mankani/Dawn.com