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Raqib Shaw

Indian, b. 1974

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Raqib Shaw

Indian, b. 1974

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Raqib Shaw’s intricate and labor-intensive paintings and drawings combine images of fantasy, sexuality, violence, and beauty. Incorporating gems, rhinestones, glitter, and metallic enamel paints, Shaw creates not only provocative visual experiences but also an ironic commentary on material opulence. His influences are wide ranging, incorporating Hindu mythology, Renaissance iconography, Persian and Asian craft, Baroque design, Japanese wedding kimonos and screens, Hokusai prints, Kashmiri shawls, medieval heraldry, and Persian miniatures. Garden of Earthly Delights X (2004), hailed as Shaw’s masterpiece to date, features a sparkling and orgiastic underwater scene where animal-headed humans—a common motif in his work—cavort with fanciful creatures and giant predatory genitalia. In addition to some imagery from the Hindu mythology of his birthplace, Shaw has drawn inspiration from Renaissance iconography.

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Biography

Raqib Shaw’s intricate and labor-intensive paintings and drawings combine images of fantasy, sexuality, violence, and beauty. Incorporating gems, rhinestones, glitter, and metallic enamel paints, Shaw creates not only provocative visual experiences but also an ironic commentary on material opulence. His influences are wide ranging, incorporating Hindu mythology, Renaissance iconography, Persian and Asian craft, Baroque design, Japanese wedding kimonos and screens, Hokusai prints, Kashmiri shawls, medieval heraldry, and Persian miniatures. Garden of Earthly Delights X (2004), hailed as Shaw’s masterpiece to date, features a sparkling and orgiastic underwater scene where animal-headed humans—a common motif in his work—cavort with fanciful creatures and giant predatory genitalia. In addition to some imagery from the Hindu mythology of his birthplace, Shaw has drawn inspiration from Renaissance iconography.

Career Highlights
Learn more about artist insights.
Blue chip status
Blue chip representation
Represented by internationally reputable galleries.
User
Solo show at a major institution
Tate Britain
Group
Group show at a major institution
The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)
Publication
Reviewed by a major art publication
Artforum, and 1 more
Fair
Included in a major biennial
Gwangju Biennale