Imran Qureshi


Moderate Enlightenment | New York, Rockefeller Plaza | gouache on wasli | 30.5 x 22.9 cm



“[Qureshi’s] is an art which perturbs by the questions it raises, ethical and aesthetic.”

Virginia Whiles, art Historian, critic and curator


Like other members of Pakistan’s “neo-miniature” movement, Muhammad Imran Qureshi produces works  that tends toward the diminutive, rarely surpassing a foot wide or high in measurement.  The format invokes an old regional tradition of miniature painting; and yet, the contemporary politics of Qureshi’s work are unmistakable. Crosshairs, fingerprints and flecks of red, like spattered blood, mix with the natural, patterned beauty of flowers and feathers; sewing templates, stitches and camouflage suggest disfigurement, deception, retailoring.

Qureshi was born in Hyderabad, Pakistan. He studied at the National College of Art, in Lahore, under Bashir Ahmad, a student of the last Pakistani masters of the traditional miniature. In 2003, his work appeared in “The American Effect” at the Whitney Museum of American Art, in New York, and his work was featured in a 2002 contemporary art survey at the Royal Academy of Arts, in London.  Since 1997 his work has appeared at biennials in Bangladesh, Sharjah, Singapore and Sydney, and has been featured in solo exhibitions at galleries and museums in cities in New York, London, Hong Kong and Mumbai, and in cities across his native Pakistan.

His work appeared alongside that of several other graduates from the miniature program as part of “Karkhana: A Contemporary Collaboration,” a groundbreaking exhibition of works by contemporary Pakistani artists at the Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, in Ridgefield, CT. In 2013, he was given the Deutsche Bank Artist of the Year, and is the subject of a major solo exhibition in Berlin at the Deutsche Bank Kunsthalle, from spring through summer. For the summer and autumn of 2013, a site-specific, commissioned installation, The Roof Garden Commission: Imran Qureshi, will grace the Roof Garden of New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art. He lives and works in Lahore.


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