ISLAMABAD (APP) - The death of popular landscape painter Ghulam Rasul (GR) has left the art scene of the country deserted as the whole artist community was mourning the demise of the inspirational nature lover. Ghulam Rasul known for his impressions of Islamabad, its environs, the particular way of life of the area coloured by the austere beauty of the landscape and its nomadic heritage was born on November 20, 1942. Former Director General Pakistan National Council of the Arts (PNCA) GR was popular for his remarkable landscape painting as the artists of the country termed him an academy of art in a person. His paintings took inspiration from a direct observation of nature as he used rich pallet to bring a pictorial richness to his canvasses. With amazing dexterity, the artist rendered the images like rustic scene, urban setting with multi colored kites interspersed in the sky, raindrops blurring the horizon, cattle out in the open fields etc. The legendary artist through his works showed the endeavors in a life devoted to art, spanned over 40 years of love for his land and the landscape. Expressing grief over the demise of the legendary artist, Tauqeer Nasir, DG PNCA said that the death of Ghulam Rasul was an irreparable loss for the countrys art scene, adding an institution of art and a school of thought has been lost. He said that Ghulam Rasuls services as a DG of PNCA would be remembered in the art history of the country and his art will keep him alive in the hearts of art lovers. He was fondly known as the man of green and yellow fields, and of buffaloes shown as distant dark smudges, and men and women seen in red and white clothes, breaking the green and grey of the plains. The enduring preoccupation with the theme has gone through many phases that are not easy to explain and he worked untiringly with a profound understanding of his theme and medium. Ghulam Rasul learnt the history and theory of art, and worked on the strength of his line as the basic requirement of art. He looked at the Pakistani landscape away from the cities and into the fields of grain and mustard and on the stretches of greens and yellows. With an amalgam of the abstract, the minimal art of his own, and with rich and flat areas of yellow and green he create dreamy landscapes, well grounded in the reality of agriculture. In the brightly lit pale and orange and gray canvases the pale leaves fall like rain, they come in a gust, like a shower as the viewer feels the rush, the smell and the rustle. In the background are the leafless trees shorn of their robes and awaiting spring to acquire a new leafy shawl depicting beautiful compositions. Ghulam Rasul whose paintings are part of many international collections, did his Masters degree from Punjab University in Lahore in 1964 and later taught art and history at both Punjab University and Northern Illinois University USA. His work on display includes Smithsonian Institute, Washington D.C., Philadelphia Museum of Art, USA, Bradford Museum, and Galleries, U.K., N.I.U Board of Regents, Springfield, USA, National Museum, Lahore, Peshawar Museum, Peshawar, National Art Gallery, Islamabad, Agricultural University Faisalabad, Administrative staff College, Foreign Offices, Prime Minister House, Pakistan Embassies and private collections in almost all countries besides Pakistan. He was associated with paintings of punjabs landscapes, but also trained in printmaking and experienced with still life and calligraphy, as well as founding Flat Art. Flat art is the melding of the Minimalist technique with the palette and themes of Miniature Art, to capture the people and places of Pakistan. The artist was awarded Presidents Award for Pride of Performance 1986. He joined the Department of Fine Arts at the University of the Punjab as a teacher and worked in many media, including printmaking, besides painting figures and objects and started on a career of winning recognition for his work. Soon afterwards Ghulam Rasul was accepted as a student and teacher by the Northern Illinois University in the US. At Dekalb he had complete freedom to work and study the latest trends in the world of art. He was exposed to the theory and practice of minimalism, in which the objects were reduced to their essential shapes, details were eliminated and the colors were bright, eye-catching rich and flat. When he came to Islamabad to receive his prize in 1973 he was offered to take over the visual arts section at the PNCA as a director. He accepted the position and stayed on to retire in June as Director-General. Renowned artist, Naeem Tahir while expressing his grief said that the contributions of Ghulam Rasul to the field of art would always be remembered, as he was a fine painter having command over his masterly skills. Lok Virsa, the National Institute of Folk and Traditional Heritage has also expressed a deep sorrow and grief on the sad demise of Ghulam Rasul. Executive Director, Lok Virsa Khalid Javaid said that Ghulam Rasul was enjoying a unique repute among the community of the folk artists and art lovers in Pakistan. He gave a new dimension to the art of painting in Pakistan by depicting and portraying village life in his masterpieces. The nation will always remember his valuable services and contributions towards the promotion of the cultural heritage of Pakistan, he added. Earlier, a condolence meeting was held at Lok Virsa premises, which was attended by all officers and staff members. They paid rich tributes to the deceased and prayed to Allah Almighty to rest his departed soul in eternal peace and grant his family courage to bear the loss with patience. They termed the death of Ghulam Rasul as an irreparable loss for Pakistan.