b. 1978, United Kingdom

Idris Khan Artworks

Through a variety of media such as sculpture, painting, and photography, Idris Khan's work explores the layering of methods, experience and meaning. Drawing from a variety of source material ranging from art and music to theology and philosophy, Kahn creates new forms and concepts through superimposition and augmentation.

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While the artist sees his practice as been situated in the medium of painting, he often uses photomechanical techniques of reproduction. He often scans and photographs his source material and meticulously manipulates their qualities to achieve a certain intensity, sometimes creating ethereal C-prints in the process.

In the past, he has photographed or scanned secondary source material to create works such as every... page of the Quran (2004), Struggling to Hear.... After Ludwig van Beethoven Sonatas (2005), and every... William Turner postcard from Tate Britain (2004). The source material is as reflected in the title of these works.

Sculpture

Khan has also branched into sculpture, sometimes sandblasting texts, prayers, and scores onto steel plates and slabs to interrogate how cultural and historical material can be joined together through objects.

His honeycomb and carbon sculpture Cell (2017) takes inspiration from Saydnaya, Syria's most brutal prison. This towering four-metre tall sculpture reflects on solitary confinement and the spaces that inmates occupy. Composed of 15 columns, Khan's sculpture looks almost impenetrable, but upon closer inspection, the viewer catches a glimmer of hope as light is allowed to pass through its cracks.

Public commissions

In 2016, Khan designed the 42,000 m2 memorial sculpture at Abu Dhabi's most prominent landmark, Wahat Al Karama. This massive sculpture, designed to reference unity and honour soldiers of the UAE, is composed of 20,000 cubic meters of concrete, over 5,000 tonnes of steel, and over 120km of cables. It contains seven aluminum-encased steel tablets etched with poetry written by emirs of the country.

In 2019, Khan completed a public sculpture project in London by St. George City Ltd in collaboration with London Borough of Southwark. The eight-metre aluminium sculpture, 65,0000 Photographs, is composed of stacks of metal sheets in the same size as photographic prints increasing in size.

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Study for After Duchamp's 16 Miles of String 1 by Idris Khan contemporary artwork photography
Idris Khan Study for After Duchamp's 16 Miles of String 1, 2014 Digital bromide print mounted on rag board and aluminum
27.94 x 37.19 cm
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Quartet by Idris Khan contemporary artwork painting, photography
Idris Khan Quartet, 2019 Gesso and oil stick on black and white fibre print mounted on aluminum panel
77.3 x 52.7 x 1.5 cm
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Prelude - until time has dropped by Idris Khan contemporary artwork sculpture
Idris Khan Prelude - until time has dropped, 2022 4 patinated relief bronze plates arranged on plinth
70 x 73.8 cm
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A quiet room by Idris Khan contemporary artwork painting, works on paper, sculpture, drawing
Idris Khan A quiet room, 2023 Oil based ink on gesso ground, aluminium panel
162 x 132 x 5 cm (incl frame)
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A Hard-Silenced Tear by Idris Khan contemporary artwork painting
Idris Khan A Hard-Silenced Tear, 2023 Oil-based ink on gesso, on aluminium
250.5 x 200 cm
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A living mind; is never concluding by Idris Khan contemporary artwork painting
Idris Khan A living mind; is never concluding, 2023 Oil based ink on gesso ground, aluminium panel
160 x 130 x 6 cm
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The pattern of landscape 11 by Idris Khan contemporary artwork painting, works on paper, photography, print
Idris Khan The pattern of landscape 11, 2022 Oil and water based inks on paper and collage mounted on Dibond
70 x 57.9 cm
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Between the Curtain and the Glass by Idris Khan contemporary artwork sculpture, print
Idris Khan Between the Curtain and the Glass, 2022 Digital C-type print on aluminium
133.8 x 292.8 x 3 cm
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The Eyes of the Past by Idris Khan contemporary artwork painting, works on paper, sculpture, drawing
Idris Khan The Eyes of the Past, 2022 Oil based ink on gesso ground, aluminium panel
141 x 130 x 2.5 cm
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Rooms Are Never Finished by Idris Khan contemporary artwork painting
Idris Khan Rooms Are Never Finished, 2015 Ink on white gesso and aluminium
233.7 x 229.9 cm
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Time Signature by Idris Khan contemporary artwork painting
Idris Khan Time Signature, 2020 Oil based ink on gesso and aluminium panel
252 x 175 x 2.5 cm
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My Mother by Idris Khan contemporary artwork sculpture
Idris Khan My Mother, 2019 Jesmonite, pigment, fixings
21 x 10 x 8 inches
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65,000 Photographs (Maquette) by Idris Khan contemporary artwork sculpture
Idris Khan 65,000 Photographs (Maquette), 2019 Jesmonite and steel armature
100 x 21 x 21 cm
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Residue 6 (Ear to the wall) by Idris Khan contemporary artwork mixed media
Idris Khan Residue 6 (Ear to the wall), 2017 stamped paper soaked in wax, plexiglass and plinth
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Conflicting Lines by Idris Khan contemporary artwork painting
Idris Khan Conflicting Lines, 2015 digital C-print on aluminum
65 x 76.75 inches
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Rhythms 6 by Idris Khan contemporary artwork painting
Idris Khan Rhythms 6, 2017 oil and paper on canvas in 14 parts
11 x 8 inches
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A Day Like This by Idris Khan contemporary artwork painting
Idris Khan A Day Like This, 2015 Oil on black gesso
236.9 x 231.8 x 6.4 cm
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Numbers by Idris Khan contemporary artwork photography
Idris Khan Numbers, 2015 C-print on aluminum
65 x 76.75 inches
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A Blanket of White by Idris Khan contemporary artwork photography
Idris Khan A Blanket of White, 2015 C-print mounted on aluminum
65 x 76.75 inches
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Overture by Idris Khan contemporary artwork installation
Idris Khan Overture, 2015 7 glass sheets, aluminum frame
243.8 x 198.1 x 396.2 cm
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A Field of Dust by Idris Khan contemporary artwork mixed media
Idris Khan A Field of Dust, 2015 Digital bromide mounted on rag board and aluminium
50.8 x 61 cm
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Disappearing Line by Idris Khan contemporary artwork mixed media
Idris Khan Disappearing Line, 2015 Silver Gelatin Print mounted on rag board and aluminum
59 x 69.1 x 5.1 cm
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A Blanket of White by Idris Khan contemporary artwork print
Idris Khan A Blanket of White, 2015 C-print
165 x 195 cm
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