1) Standing figure with camouflage pantaloons; 2) This Leprous Brightness, nine parts by Imran Qureshi

Imran Qureshi is at the centre of the contemporary miniature painting scene emerging from Pakistan’s National College of Art.


Gouache on wasli paper
1) 52.5 x 42 cm; 2) each 29.5 x 21 cm
Art Fund grant:
£24,000 ( Total: £24,000)
Acquired in:
Corvi-Mora Gallery

These two works represent two important aspects of Qureshi’s work. The figurative work connects with the existing collection of historic Mughal miniature painting at Bristol, as well as the portraits and watercolours made for the British market under the Raj in the nineteenth century, while commenting on identity in contemporary Pakistan. This Leprous Brightness shows Qureshi’s tender and heartfelt response to the vigilante mob murders of two boys in Sialkot last summer. The visual language of this nine-painting group brings together abstract, gestural mark-making in the handprints of the artist with his use of traditional Mughal flower motifs and meticulous drawing. This work was presented by the Art Fund through Art Fund International.


The artist.

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