Raqib Shaw

Lockdown Bliss 2020

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Year 2020
Medium Pencil and enamel on paper
Dimensions 20.9 x 29.7 cm

About the work

During the lockdown period in the summer of 2020, Shaw composed a series of drawings, using his studio garden as an inspiration and backdrop. Adorned in a Kimono (a nod to the influence of Japanese art, literature and philosophy that significantly inform Shaw’s aesthetic), the drawing captures a moment of deep contemplation as the Artist embraces his beloved Jack Russell and contemplates upon the present moment in an endeavour to accept the current state of affairs that are beyond his control.

About the artist:

Born 1974 Calcutta, Raqib Shaw lives and works in London. Graduated from BA Fine Art Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design (2001), and MA Fine Art Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design (2002).

Shaw's transgressive vision is explored through highly personal imagery that is both opulent and fantastical. Combining iconography from both East and West, Shaw draws on a wide range of sources including art history, mythology, poetry, theatre, religion, science and natural history. Highly detailed paintings are executed by manipulating pools of enamel and metallic industrial paints with fine needles and porcupine quills. Every motif is outlined in embossed gold, a technique similar to 'Cloisonné' found in early Asian pottery.

Selected solo exhibitions include Reinventing the Old Masters, Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, Edinburgh (2018); Raqib Shaw, Dhaka Art Summit (2018); The Whitworth, Manchester (2017); White Cube at Glyndebourne (2016); Rudolfinium, Prague (2013); Manchester Art Gallery (2013); Absence of God, Kunsthalle Wien, Vienna (2009); Raqib Shaw at the Met, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York (2008); Garden of Earthly Delights, Museum of Contemporary Art, Miami (2006); and Art Now: Raqib Shaw, Tate Britain, London (2006). Selected group exhibitions include Grayson's Art Club, Manchester Art Gallery (2021); Cranach: Artist and Innovator, Compton Verney Art Gallery and Park (2020); No horizon, no edge to liquid, Zabludowicz Collection, London (2020); and WOW! The Heidi Horten Collection, Leopold Museum, Vienna (2018).

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