Murtaja Baseer (b. 1932)
A veteran artist known for his flamboyance both on and off the canvas, Baseer was one of the earliest entrants at the then newly formed Government Institute of Art (now Faculty of Fine Art) in 1949. Over the years, his creative talents have flourished in diverse art forms and modes of expression. He draws on elements of history, tradition and art, as well as the tension inherent therein. There is an individualistic dialectic in his work and sensibility. He explores forms in the abstract and brings out the abstraction inherent in the forms. Although it is inappropriate to categorise him under one trend or another, Murtaja Baseer’s works have a marked propensity for abstract realism.