LAHORE: An Internationally-renowned and acclaimed Pakistani artist, social and peace worker and philanthropist Jimmy Engineer whose brilliant work has won him more awards than any other Pakistani artist including a Sitara-e-Imtiaz (Civil Award) for Art from the Government of Pakistan in 2005 and worldwide recognition and fame has recently conducted his month long goodwill visit to Canada, he said, “the sole purpose behind my goodwill tours of different countries is not just to display my art but it also to tell the world that Pakistan has great people, great culture and great artists.”
He said that by displaying his artwork in foreign countries he is able to represent Pakistan, in a different, more positive light and give them an idea of Pakistan’s rich culture and heritage which most people are unaware of.
Jimmy also delivered a talk about his life, art and Pakistan during the display of his creative work and also interacted with visitors and art enthusiasts in Ontario. The event was organised by his cousin Neely Engineer and was a great success as hundreds of community members including Pakistan’s Consul General Imran Siddique, members of the Canadian parliament and councilors also showed up.
Jimmy said he wears four hats. He is a social worker, an artist, a human rights worker and a peace activist. “As an artist, I am an idealistic person, as a social worker I have to be very compassionate as I have to help the people, as a human rights activist I have to fight for the people’s rights so, I have to be aggressive and as a peace activist I have to talk about peace,” he said.
Jimmy highly praised those who visited the venue of the exhibition to view his paintings. The visitors included Senator Salma Ataullah Jan, MP Iqra Khalid, MPP Khalid Rasheed, Consul General of Turkey in Canada Erdeniz, Flato Developments Inc President Shakir Rehmatullah, Canada-Pakistan Business Council President Samir Dossal, Founder and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Mindshare Workspace Mississauga Robert Martellaci and Ontario Zoroastrian President Neville Patrawala.
The artwork displayed in the exhibition, which has concluded after running successfully for more than a week depicted not just colours of Pakistani culture but also the suffering of a person in need. Some of the artwork took onlookers to the countryside and paintings of the Mughal architecture.