Tassaduq Sohail was one of Pakistan’s finest artists. Before he became an artist, he was a short story writer. As a student at the Islamia College in Karachi, one of his teachers Muhammad Hassan Askari, dubbed him a 'raconteur.' He started painting seriously when he traveled to London and discovered that painting on the streets was a great way to get introduced to women. His paintings as we see in the current lot, are like story boards or film frames. Each frame is loaded with social condemnation and non-conformance. 'Women in his paintings are his dreams. Their eyes tell stories of their fears and desires, their naked backsides protrude out at bearded men, they exist as beautiful fixtures in a breathtaking landscape that is unadulterated by the laws of (bearded and political) men.’ (A. Omer, http://www.artnowpakistan.com/dream-encounters-with-tassaduq-sohail/)
Sohail was known for his novel technique, whereby he first applied paint to the canvas and then drew complex figures and scenes by depleting the paint using the sharp edge of a palette knife. Almost like chiseling away at a stone sculpture after casting. Infused with dark wit, his works are simplistic idealizations of the world and remind us of the works of Marc Chagall.