Nadir Aman, a self-schooled painter from Passu, Gojal, now living in Skardu, has dedicated his life to painting the rugged features of the Gilgit- Blatistan folks whose entire lives are spent combating the fierce of nature. He is also famous cartoonist in local newspapers.
Unlike most painters, Nadir Aman sketches the faces while people go about their daily chores. He does not ask his model to sit as a study as most painters are wont to do, to catch the sharpness of characters they are studying. Adept at catching facial nuances, he translate the joys and sorrow of his ‘models’ into an artistic study, though he still does not even own a work studio.
Nadir Aman is in early 50s and is often seen in his odd socks, covered with paint as he works. And while as yet undiscovered by a formal art organization, he can proudly claim to have a vast collection of his profile etchings and murals- he has painted more than 50 so far. And though he hasn’t even had any national exposure as such, his paintings, which are often done in rich colors, are regularly carried by the local weekly newspapers of the areas where he hails from.
For his admirers his work seems to emanate a spirituality which oozes from the breathtaking scenes of buttercup fields and where the water flows down from the majestic mountains of the North. His two books are coming soon on “Wood Craft of Baltistan” and “Aina-e-Waqat’ of cartoons.
Currently he is working with Baltistan Enterprise Development and Arts Revival (BEDAR) www.bedar.org.pk , and got wood carving contracts of KIU, Local Administration of Northern Areas, Serena Hotels and many other institutions. His contact numbers are 05831-54051 or Cell: 0346 5464503
NOTE: Samples of the paintings of Nadir Aman are shared here for the purpose of information only. All rights of these art works remain with Nadir Aman. No work can be copied without his prior permission.