About The Work
Anwar Jalal Shemza collages from the 1970s are vigorous compositions that fused aspects of Islamic architecture and calligraphy with Western abstraction. Certain themes and motifs recur throughout Shemza’s work such as the walls and gates of Lahore.
Shezad Dawood was born in London in 1974 and trained at Central St Martin’s and the Royal College of Art.
Recent solo exhibitions include: New Art Exchange, Nottingham (2020), Bluecoat Liverpool (2019); MOCA Toronto (2019); FriezeLIVE, London (2019); Kunstverein, Munich (2019); A Lost Future: Rubin Museum of Art, New York (2018); Fondazione Querini Stampalia, Venice (2017); Timothy Taylor, London (2016); Galerist, Istanbul (2016); Pioneer Works, Brooklyn (2015); Fig.2 at the ICA studio, London (2015); Parasol Unit, London (2014); Leeds Art Gallery and OCAT Xi’an, China (both 2014), Modern Art Oxford (2012).
Group exhibitions include: Lahore Biennial (2020), Dhaka Art Summit (2020), Sharjah Biennial 14, UAE (2019) – Jury Prize for Encroachments; Gwangju Biennale, South Korea (2018); Mori Art Museum, Tokyo (2016); Taipei Biennial (2014); Marrakech Biennial (2014); MACBA Barcelona (2014); Witte de With (2013), Busan Biennale (2010), Tate Triennial: Altermodern (2009), and the Venice Biennale (2009).
Founded in 2010 by sisters Amrita and Priya with an eye towards representing artists, across generations and nationalities, whose work is informed by South Asia. In 2010, Amrita and Priya produced Sir Anish Kapoor’s firsspruth t-ever public exhibition in India, a landmark event in the country’s art world. Jhaveri Contemporary is dedicated to the creation of original scholarship, with carefully crafted shows. Entwined with this philosophy is another guiding principle: showcasing the heterogeneous practices of long-celebrated luminaries as well as emerging talents, often in generously interrogative conversations.