Raqib Shaw: Reinventing the Old Masters (paperback)

National Galleries of Scotland
Patrick Elliott
Page count:
48 printed pages
50 colour
Item Size:
24 x 33 cm

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Reprinted by popular demand! This colourful and highly illustrated book accompanied the popular exhibition Raqib Shaw: Reinventing the Old Masters displayed at the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art in 2018.

Raqib Shaw is one of the most extraordinary and celebrated artists working today.

Born in Calcutta in 1974 and raised in Kashmir, he came to London to study in 1998 and has lived there ever since. Inspired by a broad range of influences, including the old masters, Indian miniatures, Persian carpets and the Pre-Raphaelites, his paintings are infused with memories and longing for his homeland in Kashmir.

His technique constitutes a completely unique kind of enamel painting. Spending months on preparatory drawings, tracings and photographic studies, he then transfers the composition onto prepared wooden panels, establishing an intricate design with acrylic liner, which leaves a slightly raised line.  He adds the enamel paint using needle-fine syringes and a porcupine quill, with which he manoeuvres the paint. The finished works are intricate, magical and breathtaking in their colour and complexity.