Drawing inspiration from the history of art and music, as well as key philosophical and theological texts, Idris Khan investigates memory, creativity and the layering of experience. He is well known for his large-scale works – in media including sculpture, painting, and photography. The density and precision of his images allude to the excess of information in the technical age while encouraging a slower and more engaged way of looking and responding to our collective history and culture.
Khan has created a limited edition print of an image taken from his recent White Window series. Over the past 5 years, Khan has been capturing the marks and gestures made by the anonymous people who paint the white windows of businesses that have closed down around the UK, and Europe. He superimposes up to twelve photographs to make one image. These new monochromatic prints seem to obfuscate a picture beneath, and within this highlights an important social and political context.
Born in Birmingham in 1978, Idris Khan completed his Master’s Degree at the Royal College of Art and lives and works in London. Solo and Group exhibitions of his work have been shown and collected worldwide at institutions including, The Guggenheim New York; The Philadelphia Museum of Art; The Art Institute of Chicago; The National Gallery, Washington; The New Art Gallery Walsall; Whitworth Gallery, University of Manchester; Gothenburg Konsthall, Sweden; Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art, Toronto; Kunsthaus Murz, Murzzuschlag; Austria and K20, Düsseldorf. Khan completed his MFA at the Royal College of Art in 2004 with a distinction for research. He was awarded an OBE in 2017 for services to art and also a received an honouree doctorate from the University of Worcester in the same year.