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4th Kochi-Muziris Biennale: Possibilities for a Non-Alienated Life Ocula Report 4th Kochi-Muziris Biennale: Possibilities for a Non-Alienated Life 15 Feb 2019 : Natalie King for Ocula

'Poems are like sentences that have taken their clothes off.' Marlene Dumas' poetic and sensual refrain accompanies her figurative watercolours on view in Possibilities for a Non-Alienated Life, the fourth edition of the Kochi-Muziris Biennale (KMB) in the southern state of Kerala, India (12 December 2018–29 March 2019).Dumas' new series...

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Ellen Altfest Ocula Conversation Ellen Altfest

The paintings of Ellen Altfest are ethereal in their detail. Fields of minutiae come together as pulsating images; small brushstrokes of oil paint accumulate over a series of months to single out seemingly innocuous subjects, such as a hand resting atop patterned fabric (The Hand, 2011) or a deep green cactus reaching upwards from beneath a bed of...

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Colomboscope 2019: Cross Currents and Dissonance Ocula Report Colomboscope 2019: Cross Currents and Dissonance 8 Feb 2019 : Nada Raza for Ocula

On the rooftop of the former Rio Hotel complex in Colombo, it was hard to ignore the high-rise buildings, still under construction, blocking all but a sliver of what used to be an open view over Slave Island, once an island on Beira Lake that housed slaves in the 19th century, and now a downtown suburb. The hotel was set alight during the...

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Imran Qureshi

b. 1972, Pakistan

Imran Qureshi is best known for his beautifully crafted paintings, which feature a delicate repetition of decorative motifs and figurative elements. Largely influenced by the Mugal heritage of miniature paintings, Qureshi has evolved his own personal iconography that permeates his works as observed in his various paintings and more recently, his site-specific installations.

Born in 1972, he has lives and works in Lahore, Pakistation. He graduated from the National College of Arts in 1993 (Lahore, Pakistan) as a Bachelor of Fine Arts. He has since then gone on to achieve international acclaim with the prestigious Sharjah Biennial 10 Premier Prize (2011) for his installation Blessings Upon the Land of My Love being an attestation to such.

Considered one of Pakistan’s most important artists, Qureshi’s works have been featured on multiple platforms. As part of him being awarded the Deutche Bank’s “Artist of the Year” in 2013, he exhibited a large solo exhibition at the Deutsche Bank KunstHalle.

Quershi is represented in the Fukuoka Asian Art Museum, Fukuoka, Japan; Harris Museum, Preston, England; Victoria & Albert Museum, London, England; Deutsche Bank’s Collection of Contemporary Art, Frankfurt, Germany; World Bank, Washington, DC; The Presidency, Islamabad, Pakistan; National Art Gallery, Islamabad, Pakistan; Bradford Art Galleries and Museums, Bradford, England; Queensland Art Galleries & Museums, Brisbane, Australia.

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Featured Artworks

Survived by Imran Qureshi contemporary artwork Imran QureshiSurvived, 2017 Acrylic on paper
76.2 x 55.9 cm
Para Site

In Related Press

'I'm not a journalist': Pakistani neo-miniaturist Imran Qureishi Related Press 'I'm not a journalist': Pakistani neo-miniaturist Imran Qureishi Art Radar Journal : 30 January 2017

Imran Qureshi was born in 1972 and grew up in Hyderabad, Sindh Province before settling in Lahore, where he is still based. Soft-spoken, thoughtful and deeply engaged with the sociopolitical context of his country, Qureshi talks to Roxanne Bagheshirin Lærkesen in a revealing video for the Louisiana Channel, focusing on his exhibition Idea of...

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Where do these crimson trails lead us Related Press Where do these crimson trails lead us The News on Sunday : 9 March 2016

The leaden-grey concrete gallery at the Barbican offers an enticing, uninterrupted space spanning ninety metres, enabling visitors to tentatively grapple with the light adjustment whilst walking deeper into shadow. At first glance it is tempting to be ensnared by clichéd terminology as we are seduced by these exquisite jewel-like miniatures curving...

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Imran Qureshi's miniatures take over London's Barbican - and a park in Bradford Related Press Imran Qureshi's miniatures take over London's Barbican - and a park in Bradford The Art Newspaper : 3 March 2016

The Pakistani artist Imran Qureshi is due to unveil a painted Indian garden in a park in northern England this summer, inspired by the British Indian army that fought in the First World War. Qureshi, the subject of a major exhibition at the Barbican Centre in London, will paint the flora and fauna on the paving at Bradford's Mughal Water...

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