Friday, November 13, 2009

Pride Of Pakistan - - World Renown Aviation Artist: Group Captain Syed Masood Akhtar Hussaini

Group Captain Syed Masood Akhtar Hussaini is a gifted military aviation artist of the Pakistan Air Force. Born in January 1951, the officer joined PAF College, Sargodha in 1963 and was commissioned in March 1971 from the Air Force Academy at Risalpur in the General Duties (Pilot) Branch. In 1973, the officer qualified as an Air Defence Weapons Controller, a capacity in which he continues to serve in the PAF. He holds a Bachelor's degree in Avionics.

Having taken up aviation painting as a hobby during his pre-cadet days at Sargodha, the artist has continued his close observation and accurate depiction of PAF activities for over 30 years.

An Artist Fellow of the American Society of Aviation Artists, he is a realist in the tradition of Keith Ferris (USA), Frank Wootton (UK) and Paul Langeley (France), and has won international acclaim and a place of prominence amongst the leading aviation artists of the world. In this highly specialized field, he can rightly claim to be the first world class aviation artist in South Asia.

A newspaper 'The Daily Progress' of Virginia (USA) paid rich tributes to Hussaini and termed him as "The oil and canvas chronicler of Pakistan's military victories". On the 40th anniversary of the PAF, the Government of Pakistan issued ten commemorative postage stamps all bearing the miniaturized prints of Hussaini's aviation paintings.

Glimpses of his work are being presented here and his work will be covered in detail in the next few articles.

Source: Al-Nasir.Com

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

It is a unique honor and luck to have an opportunity to meet Group Captain Hussaini and know his motivation behind his powerful art work. Mere love for machine birds since boyhood elevated him to this eminent status in the world of art despite the fact he has never attended a fine art teaching class. He has been his own student apart from inspiring many others internationally. Let me tell the readers that every brick or thaw in his paintings has been put to brush after a thorough investigation and research. He never hesitated to travel thousands of miles for digging out the facts about an incident before actually painting it. That is the reason his paintings attract every casual and keen eye. Thanks to Pakistan Air Force senior command for encouraging Hussaini and providing him space and wherewithal to flourish. Well done Hussaini and keep it up. Wish Pakistan Air Force flag fluttering high with pride.
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