Staying on
The Art of Hal Bevan Petman


10th December 2019 - continuing

Henry Charles Bevan Petman was born in 1894 in Gloucestershire, England to parents who had a history of service in India. In 1914 Hal commenced study at the Slade School of Fine Art, one of the foremost art schools in the United Kingdom. The Slade had a classical approach to training in art, focusing on the human form and realism, which may explain Hal’s emphasis on portraiture later on in life.

Hal left for India in 1921 and shuttled between Lahore (where his family had history, his uncle was a judge of the Punjab High Court), Delhi and Simla. Between 1921and 1935 he led a peripatetic life, painting constantly and acquiring both friendships and commissions on the way.

Hal opted for Pakistan in 1947, making the Rawalpindi Club his perch. He travelled regularly to Murree and Bhurban in the summers to paint his models. In the early years: many of his commissions came from army officers.

He died in 1980 and is buried in the Rawalpindi Christian cemetery.