About The Work
The essential issues that are explored in Tarik’s sculptures are those of gravity, balance, movement, stasis and all addressed with formal beauty and fineness that belays the underlying exactitude of the mathematical calculations. The scientific is presented with the magical imagination that compels us to probe into the world of rules laws not always associated with the subjective expressiveness of art. We partake in this feast of unexpected connections to learn about the endless possibilities of artists' vision to shatter the accustomed understanding of creativity and perception of beauty.
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Classically trained in the arts, industrial design, and architecture, Tarik Currimbhoy is a trifecta of artistic prowess. Having earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts and a Master of Architecture from the Pratt Institute, as well as a Master of Arts from Cornell University, Tarik later went on to teach at both institutions (Drawing at Cornell and Design at Pratt).
In both architecture and sculpture, Tarik searches for tranquility, simplicity, and tactility, expressed in purity of both form and material. Inspired by ancient architecture of building blocks resting on each other in tension and compression, Tarik uses handcrafting and ancient casting techniques to create distilled forms driven by these forces of nature. His sculptures are “stories of structure and gravity”, held together under compression in stone and metal.
Tarik has mastered the juxtaposition of the old and the new creating sculptures that are modern and minimal in form. His design work has been published internationally and his sculptures may be found across the world in public spaces, and corporate and private collections.
Since its establishment over three decades ago, Leila Heller Gallery has gained worldwide recognition as a pioneer in promoting creative dialogue and exchange between Western artists and Middle Eastern, Central and Southeast Asian artists. In addition to presenting a dynamic exhibition schedule, the gallery actively organizes shows with world-renowned curators, hosts educational panels and film screenings, and produces catalogues and books with scholarly essays. Leila Heller Gallery opened its location in Dubai’s Alserkal Avenue at 14,000 sqft, the largest gallery in the UAE. Showcasing leading regional and international artists, the gallery is dedicated to supporting the evolving practice of established artists. The gallery has strong innovative curatorial and educational programs with emphasis on promoting a dialogue between Western and Middleeastern artists.