About The Work
"Trained as a Miniature painter from National College of Arts, Lahore in early 90s, i was always interested in combining two opposite ideas whether on formal level or on conceptual level. combining abstract mark making along with carefully drawn images from the vocabulary of miniature painting while making a statement about the idea of life and death or beauty and violence. For me, these two opposite things work together and create a strong visual narrative. In this work titled 'This leprous brightness' 2017, i was trying to find alternate ways to depict the idea of 'Pardakht' (rendering technique) in a traditional Miniature painting but on a large scale canvas through an act of aggressively applied paint splashes. from a distance they look very delicate tiny brush strokes creating a tonal gradation with a single colour on gold leafed surface, but when you look at it closely, each and every tiny single mark depicting a symbolic representation of blood splashes moving in one direction and collectively creating an immense metaphor of energy and power." - Imran Qureshi
Imran Qureshi was born in Hyderabad (Pakistan) in 1972 and has a B.A. in Fine Arts, from the National College of Arts, Lahore, where he continues to teach. Qureshi’s practice is firmly rooted in the tradition of miniature painting, an art form that reached its zenith during the Mughal Empire. He has greatly expanded the language of miniature painting, both in traditionally sized and crafted works and in many variations in the form of site-specific installations, three-dimensional works, videos, and paintings on paper and canvas. His work is exemplary of a practice that combines a local background with a global outlook, artistically, socially and politically.
He has had solo exhibitions of his work at Pao Gallery, Hong Kong Art Center, Hong Kong (2010); The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York (2013); Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum, Michigan (2014); IKON Gallery, Birmingham (2016); and Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Paris, Pantin, Salzburg (2015, 2017, 2019). His works have been included in group shows at the National Art Gallery, Malaysia (1998); Center of Contemporary Art, Glasgow (2000); The Royal Academy of Arts, London (2002); Fukuoka Asian Art Museum, Fukuoka (2004); National Gallery of Modern Art, Mumbai (2005); La Scuola Grande della Misericordia, Venice (2009); National College of Arts, Lahore (2010); The Museum of Contemporary Art, Antwerp (2014); the Singapore Biennale, Singapore (2006); Sharjah Biennial 10, Sharjah (2011); 55th Venice Biennale, Venice (2013); and the Asia Triennial, Manchester (2014). Considered one of Pakistan’s most important artists, Qureshi’s works have been featured on multiple platforms. As part of him being awarded the Deutsche Bank’s “Artist of the Year” in 2013, he exhibited a large solo exhibition at the Deutsche Bank KunstHalle.
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