Mehboob Ali

(B. 09.05.1951)

National diploma from National College of Arts, 1972. Solo exhibitions at Lahore, Karachi, Islamabad, Quetta in 1986, 1987, 1990, 1994, 1996, 1997; participated in group shows at home and Nepal, Britain, Japan, Norway, Germany, Bangla Desh, Polan; won several national and provincial awards.

His work is in collections in Pakistan, Germany, Nepal, Norway, USA, Canada, England and Japan; National Assembly Building, Prime Minister House, Parliament House, National Art Gallery, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Industrial Development Bank, Islamabad; Consulate General of the United State of America, Union Bank, Lahore. Majdanek State Museum Lublin, Berlin; Pakistan Mission for United Nations Office, Washington.

Sheran-Wala Gate, 1996
Sheran-wala Gate, as the name suggests, was associated with lions. During the Sikh period, it is stated Ranjit Singh the Maharaja, kept two domesticated lions here. The gate is also known as Khizri Gate after the mythical saint, Khizr, patron of water and a guide to mystics.  
Roshanai Gate, 1989
Located between the Badshahi Mosque and the Fort, the Roshnai Gate survives in relatively good state with original metal bolts and studs. Being well lit it was called Roshnai Gate and was the thorough fare for grandees during the Mughal and Sikh eras.  
Hazuri Bagh, 1996
The great steps of the Badshahi Mosque, twenty-two in number with the lowest nineteen, and the top-most seventy-nine, feet long, acquire an abstract design when seen from the Hazuri Bagh pavilion constructed in 1818 by Maharaja Ranjit Singh. In this work, all is reduced to a design.  
Zam-Zammah / Kim's Gun, 1992
Cast in Kabul in 1760, this fine artillery piece was brought to South Asia by Ahmad Shah Abdali and used in the Battle of Panipat. It remained in the possession of the Bhangi misl of the Sikhs. During the British Period it was brought to rest on the Mall as a symbol of their authority.  

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