watercolor on paper
29 ¼ x 21 ½ in. (74.3 x 54.6 cm) each
(2)two works on paper
Acquired directly from the artist, 2015

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Imran Qureshi is a significant figure in the Neo-Miniaturist movement in Lahore. His work combines traditional motifs and methods and elements of contemporary abstract painting. Re-imagining Mughal miniature painting styles, the artist depicts flora and fauna in large-scale works on paper, canvas and site-specific installations, usually employing the color red. These works represent Qureshi's commentary on life and death: while the delicate and beautiful floral designs and gold leaf represent life, hope and beauty, the red paint (that appears like blood at first glance) evokes death. The intentional splattering and literal dripping of red paint is meant to represent bleeding wounds on his surfaces.

In 2013, Qureshi was commissioned to create a site-specific work for the Roof Garden of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, and was also recognized as the Deutsche Bank Artist of the Year. Later, he went on to have a major solo exhibition at the Deutsche Bank Kunsthalle, Berlin, and has since garnered increasing international recognition with many viewers able to relate to his central themes.

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