Imran Qureshi, ‘Leakage II’, 2011, ICA London

Imran Qureshi is known for his beautifully crafted paintings which portray a delicate repetition of decorative motifs and figurative elements. Influenced by the Mugal heritage of miniature paintings, Qureshi has evolved his own personal iconography which suffuse his paintings and more recently his site-specific installations. Often referred to by the artist as “leakages”, these temporary painted installations pervade public settings, from a mosque in Singapore to a palace in Afghanistan, with repeated patterns of blue foliage, simultaneously poetic and politically charged. Qureshi's foliage recurs throughout his work, from his small abstract miniatures and works on paper to this edition for the ICA.

Imran Qureshi, born in 1972, lives and works in Lahore, Pakistan. The artist was awarded the prestigious Sharjah Biennial 10 Premier Prize (2011) for his installation Blessings Upon the Land of My Love.

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About Imran Qureshi

A master of the art of miniature, Imran Qureshi reworks the painting style typical of Mughal courts in the 16th to 19th centuries to depict flora, fauna, body parts, and calligraphic script. Following bombings in his home city of Lahore, he introduced blood-red paint into his palette, splattered or delicately drawn in works that contrast violence with beauty. Plant tendrils become splitting capillaries, human feet are patterned with tiny leaves, and oval canvases are covered in gold leaf. In pieces as small as six-by-eight inches or as large as room-size installations, he represents in abstracted terms the collective history of his country.

Pakistani, b. 1972, Hyderabad, Pakistan, based in Lahore, Pakistan