Born in Hyderabad, Pakistan 1972. Lives and works in Lahore, Pakistan.
Imran Qureshi works elegantly across the medium of miniature painting, abstract painting, as well as large installations, works on paper, and video. He reclaims the regionally rooted discipline of miniature painting, which flourished in the Mughal courts of the late sixteenth century, and transports it to the present day. His is renowned for his site-specific installations, where leaves and nature represent the idea of life, whilst the colour red (that appears at first glance like real blood) represents death. Qureshi explained: “hence the flowers that emerge from the red paint in my work represent the hope that—despite everything—people sustain somehow, their hope for a better future.” Site-specific installation range internationally from the Sharjah Biennale in 2011, the inaugural exhibition of the Aga Khan Museum in Toronto titled “Garden of Ideas: Contemporary Art from Pakistan” in 2014, “The God of Small Things” at the Eli and Edyth Broad Art Museum in Michigan to “The Roof Garden Commission” at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in 2013. He participated in the Venice Biennale in the main show “The Encyclopedic Palace”, curated by Massimiliano Gioni in 2013. During the winter 2014/15 Ikon Gallery in Birmingham presented a solo exhibition by Imran Qureshi, Deutsche Bank Artist of the Year 2013. In 2016 Qureshi’s most ambitious UK exhibition to date took place in Cornwall. Imran’s works are held in permanent collections of major art centers including The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York and the Victoria & Albert Museum, London.
Image courtesy of the artist and Ropac Gallery