Hardeep Pandhal

Shading is Half of the Context

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Year 2021
Medium India ink on paper
Dimensions 29.7 x 21 cm

About the work

I've started working on a graphic novel and some of the background texture is based on an area in Glasgow city centre called Merchant City. I walk through this area to get to my studio and have been paying more attention than usual to the highly ornate structures at the tops of these buildings. At a recent advisory board meeting conducted via Zoom I decided to continue working on these drawings whilst being 'in' the meeting.  At the start of the meeting, I declared to my co-advisers that I had some urgent colouring-in and shading to do. The phrase stuck with me all day that day, as I felt it also fittingly described my role at the meetings. I am also curious to see how Boohooman's recent takeover of Debenhams pans out.

About the artist:

Born 1985 Birmingham, Hardeep Pandhal lives and works in Glasgow. Graduated from BA Leeds Beckett University (2007), and MFA Glasgow School of Art (2013).

Pandhal works predominantly with drawing and voice to transform feelings of disinheritance and disaffection into generative spaces that bolster interdependence and self-belief. Applying practices of associative thinking, his research-led projects exhibit syncretic strains of post-brown weirdness. Across media, his works are imbued with acerbity and playful complexity; at once confrontational and reflective.

His work is held in public and private collections including UK Arts Council Collection; British Council Collection; and Gallery of Modern Art, Glasgow.

Selected exhibitions include Ensorcelled English: Prestige Repellent, Goldsmiths Centre of Contemporary Art, London (2020); Confessions of a Thug: Pakiveli, Tramway, Glasgow (2020); Paranoid Picnic: The Phantom BAME, New Art Exchange, Nottingham (2019); Is This Tomorrow?, Whitechapel Art Gallery, London (2019); KNOCK KNOCK: Humour in Contemporary Art, South London Gallery, London (2018); 2018 Tiennial: Songs for Sabotage, New Museum, New York (2018); Nottingham Contemporary (2018); Production Show, Eastside Projects, Birmingham (2017); and The Vanished Reality, Modern Art Oxford (2016).

Awards include being shortlisted for the Jarman Award (2018); and selection for Bloomberg New Contemporaries (2013).

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