Lahore: Worldrenowned Pakistani artist and social crusader Jimmy Engineer has organized as many as five international exhibitions of his selected creative work quite successfully and impressively in four different countries around the world in less than 8 months in quick succession to each other.
These art shows of Karachibased artist and social worker were organized in Singapore, Indonesia, Thailand and Canada in collaboration with Pakistani missions and local organizations to promote goodwill, better understanding and cultural harmony between the peoples of Pakistan and these countries and at the same project and promote soft, moderate, positive and forward looking image of Pakistan and its people through his art before the comity of nations telling the artists, art lovers and the visitors from all walks of life that people of Pakistan are peace loving and not extremists and hate terrorism in all its manifestations.
Jimmy Engineer had participated in group show of Pakistani artists in the National Gallery in Jakarta, Indonesia in February and this had coincided with his solo art show at Art Font Gallery of Singapore Management University also towards end of February.
Much bigger display of prints of his selected art work including Pakistan Movement series of paintinghs and architectural compositions was again held at the Singapore Art House in June, at prestigeous Art and Culture Centre, Bangkok, Thailand in JuneJuly and recently at Promenade Gallery in Missisauga, Canada from August 12 to September 30 as part of the South Asian Heritage Festival of Mississauga organized by the Canadian Community Arts Initiative. Except Indonesia, all his art shows in other countries were solo and he had displayed his art work for the first time in Indonesia and Thailand.
Giving a resume of his international art shows so far held, Jimmy Engineer told his journalist friends during stopover here while going to Islamabad from Karachi after his return home from long stay in Canada that all these exhibitions were quite successful and the objectives were fully achieved.He reiterated that he was proud of serving his motherland, Pakistan, through his art by holding more and more international exhibitions of his creative art work in different countries around the world as he regarded himself as the servant of Pakistan.
He said during interactions with the visitors to these exhibitions had told him that they were not only quite appreciative of his creative work but also have become greatly aware about soft, positive, moderate, progressive and forward looking image of Pakistan and its peaceloving people.
In response to queries, Jimmy Engineer said that he has plans in hand to organize couple of more international exhibitions of his art work in the coming months. He pointedly stated that he is holding these international exhibitions os his art work only for Pakistan and not for any group or organization as such as he is not associated with any.
He reminded the journalist friends that most part of the proceeds from the sale of his original paintings and their prints within the country and abroad go into charity to help the needy, poor and destitute people to the maximum extent possible.
Jimmy Engineer has so far held more than 60 exhibitions of his creative work within Pakistan and number of foreign countries, has led more than 100 walks for noble causes and arranged over 140 Fun, Food and Awareness Programmes for the Special Children and the Orphans in Karachi and Lahore and in Sri Lanka as well.