Imran Qureshi

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  • Rebellion, 2018
  • This time, where the twin streams of time begin to merge, 2018
  • This time, where the twin streams of time begin to merge, 2018
  • This time, where the twin streams of time begin to merge, 2018
  • Morning and night sang a duet together for a long moment, 2018
  • Morning and night sang a duet together for a long moment, 2018

Imran Qureshi lives and works in Lahore, Pakistan. He reclaims the regionally rooted discipline of miniature painting that flourished in the Mughal courts of the late sixteenth century and transports it to the present day. His work constitutes a unique synthesis of traditional motifs and techniques with current issues and the formal language of contemporary abstract painting. Renowned for his site-specific installations, he develops an aesthetic that integrates contemporary themes with the motifs and techniques of traditional miniature painting. Leaves and nature represent the idea of life, whilst the colour red (that appears at first glance like real blood) represents death. The red reminds Qureshi of the situation in his country, Pakistan and around the world today, where violence is almost a daily occurrence. “But somehow, people still have hope,” Qureshi says, “hence the flowers that emerge from the red paint in my work represent the hope that—despite everything—the people sustain somehow, their hope for a better future”. He works elegantly across the medium of miniature painting and abstract painting, as well as large installations, works on paper and video. His site-specific installations range internationally from the Sharjah Biennial, 2011; the inaugural exhibition of the Aga Khan Museum, Toronto titled Garden of Ideas: Contemporary Art from Pakistan,  2014; The God of Small Things, Eli and Edyth Broad Art Museum in Michigan; and The Roof Garden Commission, Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2013. He participated in the Venice Biennale’s main show: The Encyclopaedic Palace, curated by Massimiliano Gioni in 2013. During winter 2014/15, Ikon Gallery in Birmingham presented a solo exhibition by Imran Qureshi, Deutsche Bank Artist of the Year 2013. Imran Qureshi is represented in the permanent collections of major institutions including The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York and the V&A Museum, London.

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