WAQAS KHAN (B. 1982)
archival black ink on white wasli paper
61 7/8 x 50 5/8 in. (157.2 x 128.7 cm.)
Executed in 2012
Sabrina Amrani Gallery, Madrid
Acquired from the above by the present owner, 2013

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Lot Essay

Born in 1982, Waqas Khan studied printmaking at the National College of Arts in Lahore and his works are inspired by Mughal miniature painting. He is a prime example of a present-day Pakistani artist who has transformed miniature painting and given it a contemporary context. Khan’s works are also interested in themes of meditation and transcendence inspired by Sufi mysticism.
His monochromatic minimal drawings on wasli paper comprise of miniscule lines and dots that are created with a dowel, usually used by architects for technical drafting. Closer is a larger than life drawing that has been meticulously rendered in black ink. The artist uses a process of exhaustive mark making to create a very meditative work, that puts the viewer into a trance like state. It resembles satellite images of celestial expanses and also alludes to the idea of infinity and the eternity of life.

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