Imran Qureshi is known for his beautifully crafted paintings which portray a delicate repetition of decorative motifs and figurative elements. Influenced by the Mugal heritage of miniature paintings, Qureshi has evolved his own personal iconography which suffuse his paintings and more recently his site-specific installations.
Imran Qureshi is born in 1972 in Hyderabad, lives and works in Lahore (Pakistan). He was awarded the prestigious Sharjah Biennial 10 Premier Prize (2011) and Deutsche Bank’s Artist of the Year 2013.
Born 1972 in Pakistan, Imran Qureshi studied in Lahore at the National College of Arts with a major in miniature painting — a traditional discipline that he teaches there today. Qureshi is considered to be one of the most important contemporary artists on the Subcontinent, not least because he reclaims the regionally and historically rooted discipline of miniature painting and transports it to the present day. His work constitutes a unique synthesis of the genre’s motifs and techniques with current issues and the formal language of contemporary abstract painting. In his work, the exploration of ornament is both a return to tradition and a commentary on the present day. The artist converts miniature painting into site-specific installations that address architectural space. Works such as Blessings Upon the Land of My Love, 2011 (Sharjah Biennale) or They Shimmer Still, 2012 (Biennale of Sydney) harbor references to the historical or political meaning of the respective buildings.
Among his latest solo exhibitions, are: Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York (2013); Deutsche Bank KunstHalle, Berlin (2013); National College of Arts, Lahore (2013); Chawkandi Art, Karachi (2010); Rohtas 2, Lahore (2010); Pao Gallery, Hong Kong (2010).
The artist took part in many International art events, as: Venice Biennale (2013); 18th Biennale of Sydney (2012); Sharjah Biennial 10 (2011); 3rd Tessaloniki Biennale of Contemporary Art, Thessaloniki (2011); Singapore Biennale, Singapore (2006).