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Saad Qureshi

United Kingdom 2016

Installation, Sculpture, Painting

Saad Qureshi
Saad Qureshi
United Kingdom
March 2, 2016
Behind the pseudonym of Lor Dethal lies Nemanja Torlak, a writer for Widewalls intrigued and moved by diversity in art and in the lives of those who create it. It is often the unexpected that come forth and surprise us, and art is a world that allows it and makes it possible. David beats the Goliath daily, and writing about it is a pleasure.

With so many different traditions across different cultures, we’ve seen a myriad of styles, directions, and norms not just in art, but in every other aspect of life. Although it gave us a colorful spectrum of diversity, it led to certain barriers and issues of cultural belonging and separation. Through their creative work, artists may choose to transcend these differences posed by social norms and historic splits, constructing pieces that go beyond cultural separations. This being one of the goals in his work, Saad Qureshi hopes to not only visit these problems in the narrative of his works, but bridge the gap and portray the universal “uniters” that are free of cultural restrictions. Using a variety of materials for his hand-crafted artworks, Qureshi also portrays his fascination with time and its effects on both inner and outer landscapes.

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Saad Qureshi – Quicken, 2011. Photo credits

Around the Multicultural World

Born in 1986 in the United Kingdom, Saad Qureshi has always been particularly interested in the existence of the cultural network that permeates the society and what it means to belong to one of its pieces. Exploring this in his works, he often creates objects that touch upon several different cultures, portraying the importance of religion and ethnicity in contemporary times. His fascination stretches further to the concepts of time and memory, investigating their effects on landscapes that he usually portrays in paintings and drawings depicting fictional locations.

Summarizing all of these concepts and perhaps representing Qureshi’s viewpoint on the same is his exhibition Other Crescents, Other Moons that was held at Gazelli Art House in London in 2012; the sculptures and drawings are largely based on both Christian and Islamic source material, and he used memories of others and poured it into his work. Using a series of interviews conducted beforehand, Qureshi had created artistic pieces based on other people’s reflections of certain places he visited, and thus bridged gaps between several aspects in the same exhibition.

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Saad Qureshi – Persistence of Memory Series/Untitled VI (detail), 2011. Photo credits

Adding the Human Touch

In creating of his installations and sculptures, Qureshi uses several materials like hair, clay, and burned prayer mats, believing that the artist should “get his hands dirty” when making such pieces for several reasons. His methods draw from the traditions of hand-craft, using natural materials while adding the human touch to it. Involving oneself directly with the making of the piece, the artist instills a certain personal quality into it all the while connecting with the creators of the past. Some of his works evoke a sense of the post-apocalyptic environment, keeping notions of worlds within a world embedded within them.

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Saad Qureshi – Wing, 2013. Photo credits

Communicating With Success

Exploring the failure of communications and the notion of belonging in the contemporary society formed of so many cultures, Saad Qureshi creates paintings, drawings, installations and sculptures that have not only been exhibited worldwide, but awarded for their artistic beauty and ingenuity. Graduating from the Slade MFA in painting in 2010, his work has been shown in New York, Hong Kong, Turin, Rome, Dubai, and Istanbul. As the time influences landscapes of his paintings, it is certain to see the career of this young artist thrive in the near future.

The artist is represented by Gazelli Art House.

Saad Qureshi lives and works in London and Oxford, UK.

Featured image: Saad Qureshi. Photo credits
All images used for illustrative purposes only.

YearExhibition TitleMuseum/GallerySolo/Group
2015 Personal Structures Palazzo Bembo, 56th Venice Biennale, Venice, ItalyGroup
2014 Congregation Gazelli Art House, London, UKSolo
2014 Légère Inquiétude White Project Gallery, Paris, FranceSolo
2014 Threads Museum voor Moderne Kunst, Arnhem, NetherlandsSolo
2014 Légère Inquiétude White Project Gallery, Paris, FranceGroup
2014 Hong Kong Basel Gazelli Art house, Hong KongGroup
2013 Threads Museum voor Moderne Kunst, Arnhem, NetherlandsGroup
2013t In the Remains Aicon Gallery, New York, USASolo
2013t Artissima Gazelli Art house, Torino, ItalyGroup
2013t In the Remains Aicon Gallery, New York, USAGroup
2013t Moving Museum Dubai, UAEGroup
2013tRuins, TECTONIC ArtEco Gallery, London, UKGroup
2013 Artinternational + Sculpture Garden Gazelli Art house, Istanbul, TurkeyGroup
2012 tCeleste Prize Show Centrale Montemartini, Rome, Italy Group
2012tt20/12 London Art Now Armsden, Lodge Park, Aldsworth, UKGroup
2012 tCreative Cities Collections Barbican Arts Centre, London, UKGroup
2012t Other Crescents Other Moons, Gazelli Art House, LondonSolo
2012t tRoyal British Society of Sculptors, Bursary show London, UKGroup
2012t tThis is London Shizaru Galley, London, UKGroup
2012t tPatrick Heide Contemporary AHK12, Hong KongGroup
2012t tThe Open West Gloucester Cathedral, Gloucestershire, UKGroup
2012 t tBreeder Patrick Heide Contemporary Art, London, UKGroup
2011t Landscape and Memory Patrick Heide Contemporary Art, London, UKGroup
2011t London Art Fair Gazelli Art House, London, UK Group
2011 tDown to Earth Gazelli Art House, London, UK Group
2011tArt Amsterdam Patrick Heide Contemporary Art, Amsterdam, the NetherlandsGroup
2011tArt Dubai Aicon Gallery New York, US tGroup
2011t India Art Summit Delhi (Aicon Gallery, New York)Group
2010 tGift 10 Vyner Street, London, UKGroup
2010 tBetween Patrick Heide Contemporary Art, London, UKGroup
2010tDisappearing in Yesterday Aicon Galley. London, UK Group
2010t Deceit Hackney Wicked Festival, July, London, UKGroup
2010 tSlade MA/MFA degree show London, UK Group
2009t Wound Aicon Gallery, London, UK Group
2009 tDon’t Raise the Bridge, Lower the River! Saatchi Gallery, London, UKGroup
2009 tSystems and Patterns Westbourne Studios, London, UK Group
2007 tThirst Beldam Gallery, Brunel University, Uxbridge, UK Group
2007 tSpark Fireplace Gallery, Oxford, UK Group
2007 tOxford Brookes University Degree Show UKGroup
2006 tRoyal Academy Summer Exhibition Royal Academy of the Arts, London, UK Group