Imran Qureshi

Imran Qureshi
Imran Qureshi (b. 1972, Hyderabad, Pakistan) lives and works in Lahore, Pakistan. He reclaims the regionally rooted discipline of miniature painting that flourished in the Mughal courts of the late sixteenth century, and transports it to the present day. His work constitutes a unique synthesis of traditional motifs and techniques with current issues and the formal language of contemporary abstract painting. Renown for his site-specific installations, he develops an aesthetic that integrates contemporary themes with the motifs and techniques of traditional miniature painting. Leaves and nature represent the idea of life, whilst the colour red (that appears at first glance like real blood) represents death. The red reminds Qureshi of the situation today in his country, Pakistan, and the world, where violence is almost a daily occurrence. “But somehow, people still have hope,” Qureshi says “hence the flowers that emerge from the red paint in my work represent the hope that—despite everything—the people sustain somehow, their hope for a better future.” He works elegantly across the medium of miniature painting, abstract painting and large installations, works on paper, as well as video. 
Site-specific installation range internationally from the Sharjah Biennale in 2011, The God of Small Things at the Eli and Edyth Broad Art Museum in Michigan, The Roof Garden Commission at the Metropolitan Museum of Art both in 2013 and the inaugural exhibition of the Aga Khan Museum in Toronto titled Garden of Ideas: Contemporary Art from Pakistan in 2014. He participated in the Venice Biennale in the main show The Encyclopedic Palace, curated by Massimiliano Gioni in 2013. During the winter 2014/15 Ikon Gallery in Birmingham presented a solo exhibition by Imran Qureshi followed by commissions in 2016 for the Barbican’s Curve, London, entitled Where the Shadows are So Deep and his most ambitious UK exhibition project to date, which took place at three locations in Cornwall.
Imran Qureshi was awarded Deutsche Bank Artist of the year in 2013 and is represented in the permanent collections of major institutions including The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York and the Victoria & Albert Museum, London.



U.S. Department of State International Medal of Arts Award

ArtNow Lifetime Achievement Award, Pakistan



Deutsche Bank Artist of the Year


Solo exhibitions


Two Wings To Fly, Not One, Pakistan National Council of the Arts, Islamabad, Pakistan

And That is How We Loved This Too - This Land, Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Salzburg, Austria



Newlyn Art Gallery, Newlyn; The Exchange, Penzance and Truro Cathedral, Cornwall

Garden Within a Garden, Cartwright Hall Art Gallery, Bradford

Where the Shadows are So Deep, The CURVE commission, Barbican, London

Idea of Landscape, Kunsten Museum of Modern Art, Aalborg, Denmark

Imran Qureshi, Museo Civico, San Gimignano, Italy



Idea of Landscape, Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Paris, France



Deutsche Bank Artist of the Year 2013: Imran Qureshi, Ikon Gallery, Birmingham, UK

Imran Qureshi: The God of Small Things, Eli and Edyth Broad Art Museum, Michigan State University, East Lansing, USA

Midnight Garden, Gandhara Art, Pao Galleries, Hong Kong

All Time Would be Perpetual Spring, Art on the Underground commission, Transport for London, London, UK



The Roof Garden Commission: Imran Qureshi’s Miniature Paintings, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, USA

The Roof Garden Commission: Imran Qureshi, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, USA

Artist of the Year, Deutsche Bank Kunsthalle, Berlin, Germany

Museo d'Arte Contemporanea Roma (MACRO), Rome, Italy

Salsali Private Museum, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

And They Still Seek The Traces Of Blood..., Zahoor Al Akhlaq Gallery, National College of Arts, Lahore, Pakistan



All Are The Colour of My Heart, Chawkandi Art, Karachi, Pakistan

All Are The Colour of My Heart, Rohtas 2, Lahore, Pakistan

Pao Gallery, Hong Kong Art Center, Hong Kong



Encounters: Imran Qureshi, Modern Art Oxford, Oxford, UK

Canvas Art Gallery, Karachi, Pakistan



Anant Art Gallery, New Delhi, India



Corvi-Mora, London, UK



Chawkandi Art Gallery, Karachi, Pakistan



Rohtas Gallery, Islamabad, Pakistan



Alliance Française Gallery, Lahore, Pakistan

Group exhibitions


Other States, Other Lives, Other Souls, Corvi-Mora, London (with Aisha Khalid)


Imran Qureshi & Aisha Khalid, Nature Morte, New Delhi, India



Eurasia. A view on painting, Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Pantin, France

Garden of Ideas: Contemporary Art from Pakistan, Aga Khan Museum, Toronto, Canada

Fields of Vision, Yorkshire Festival 2014, Yorkshire, UK

Don’t you know who I am?, M HKA, The Museum of Contemporary Art Antwerp, Antwerp, USA



The Great Game, Iranian Pavilion, 56th Venice Biennale, Venice, Italy

Extra | ordinary: 37 do-it-yourself art ideas for free, Canvas Gallery, Karachi, Pakistan

The Encyclopedic Palace, 55th Venice Biennale, Venice, Italy

In Cloud Country: Abstracting From Nature - From John Constable to Rachel Whiteread, Harewood House, Yorkshire, UK



Expanded Drawing, Casal Solleric, Palma, Spain

No Borders, Bristol Museum & Art Gallery (in partnership with Arnolfini), Bristol, UK

Sub-Topical Heat: New Art From South Asia, Govett-Brewster Art Gallery, New Plymouth, New Zealand

18th Biennale of Sydney: All our relations, Cockatoo Island, Sydney, Australia



Painting Show, Eastside Projects, Birmingham, UK

Realms of Intimacy: Miniaturist Practice from Pakistan, Contemporary Arts Center, Cincinnati, USA

Signature Art Prize Finalist Exhibition, Singapore Art Museum, Singapore, Singapore

Sharjah Biennial 10: Plot For A Biennial, Sharjah Art Museum, Sharjah, United Arab Emirates

Old Intersections – Make It New, 3rd Thessaloniki Biennale of Contemporary Art, Thessaloniki, Greece

Political Patterns – Ornament im Wandel, ifa-Galerie, Berlin, Germany

Intimate Pictures, Pakistani Contemporary Miniatures, Tokyo Gallery + BTAP, Tokyo, Japan

And Nothing But the Truth: The Problem of Parrhesia, IVS Gallery, Karachi, Pakistan

They Said it Was Love..., Lakeeren Art Gallery, Mumbai, India



Mazaar Bazaar, Zahoor ul Akhlaq Gallery, National College of Arts, Lahore, Pakistan

Beyond the Page: Contemporary Art from Pakistan, Pacific Asia Museum, Pasadena, USA

Corvi-Mora, London, UK



Mashq - Repetition Meditation Mediation, Green Cardamom, London, UK

East–West Divan: Contemporary Art from Afghanistan, Iran & Pakistan, La Scuola Grande della Misericordia, Venice, Italy

Hanging Fire, Asia Society, New York, USA

Outside In: Alternative Narratives In Contemporary Art, University Museum and Art Gallery, The University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong, China

Die Macht Des Ornaments, Belvedere, Vienna, Austria



Living Traditions, Queen’s Palace, Bagh-e-babur, Kabul



Friends of Rohtas, Rohtas 2, Lahore, Pakistan

Beyond the Page: Contemporary Art from Pakistan, Foyle Gallery, MAC Arts, Birmingham, UK

Portraits and Vortexes, The Experimental Gallery, Hong Kong Arts Centre, Hong Kong, China

Corvi-Mora, London, UK



Beyond the Page: Contemporary Art from Pakistan, Asia House, London, UK

I love my country but I think we should start seeing other people, Jack Hanley Gallery, San Francisco, USA

1st Singapore Biennale, Singapore, Singapore



Karkhana-A contemporary Collaboration, Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, Ridgefield, USA

Miniatures Contemporaines Du Pakistan, La Halle Villefranche De Rouergue, France

One to One, Alhamra Art Gallery, Lahore, Pakistan

Re-inventing Narratives, La Galerie Mohamed el Fassi, Morocco

Beyond Borders - Art from Pakistan, National Gallery of Modern Art, Mumbai, India

A Gathering of Seasons, Triveni Kala Sangam, New Delhi, India



Contemporary Miniature Paintings from Pakistan, Fukuoka Asian Art Museum, Fukuoka, Japan

Expander, Royal Academy of Arts, 6 Burlington Gardens, London, UK

Playing with a Loaded Gun, Museum Fridericianum Kassel, Kassel, Germany

The Drawn Page, The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, Ridgefield, USA

Chawkandi Art Gallery, Karachi, Pakistan



Karkhana, Touchstones Art Gallery, Rochdale, UK

Contemporary Miniatures from Pakistan, K3 - Project Space, Zurich, Switzerland

Playing with a Loaded Gun : Contemporary Art in Pakistan, apexart, New York, USA

The American Effect, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, USA

Miniatures Pakistanaises, Maison d'Art Contemporain Chaillioux, Fresnes, France

New Work, Corvi-Mora, London, UK

Negotiating Borders, Siddhartha Art Gallery, Kathmandu, Nepal



The Galleries Show: Contemporary Art in London, The Royal Academy of Arts, London, UK

Threads, Dreams, Desires, Harris Museum & Art Gallery, Preston, UK

Around the Miniature, Canvas Gallery, Karachi, Pakistan



Bluecoat Gallery, Liverpool, UK

Manoeuvering Miniatures, IIC Gallery, New Delhi, India

Sakshi Gallery, Mumbai, India

Ivan Dougherty Gallery, Sydney, Australia

In Conversation, Gallery Espace, New Delhi, India

Corvi-Mora, London, UK

Admit One Gallery, New York, USA



Alliance Française, Singapore

"Pakistan Another Vision", Victoria Art Gallery, Bath, UK; Center of Contemporary Art, Glasgow, UK; Huddersfield Art Gallery, Huddersfield, UK; Brunei Gallery, London

Canvas Art Gallery, Karachi

Didrichsen Art Museum, Kuusisaari, Finland

Sim Sim Art Gallery, Lahore (with Farida Batool)



Notices Gallery, Singapore, Singapore

Third Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art, Brisbane, Australia

Chawkandi Art Gallery, Karachi, Pakistan



National Art Gallery, Malaysia, Malaysia



Lionel Wiendt Art Gallery, Colombo, Sri Lanka

8th Asian Art Biennale, Shilpkala Academy, Bangladesh

Draped & Shaped, Cartwright Hall, Bradford, UK

Off-Set Portfolio Centre, Islamabad, Pakistan

Gallery NCA, Lahore, Pakistan



Stinna Toft, Xenia Geroulanos, Razia Sadik, Imran Qureshi, Idea of Landscape, Kunsten (cat)

James Green, Imran Qureshi, Corvi-Mora, Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, London, Paris



Charlotte Mullins, Painting PeopleThames & Hudson, London, pp.170-171

Suzanne Hudson, Painting NowThames & Hudson, London, pp.153-156


David Elliot, Art from Elsewhere, International Contemporary Art from UK Galleries, Hayward Publishing, London

Eurasia. A View on Painting (exhibition catalogue). Paris: Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, 2014



Bartolomeo Pietromarchi and Friedhelm Huette : Imran Qureshi: Deutsche Bank’s Artist of the Year 2013, MACRO, Rome

Massimiliano Gioni : Il Palazzo Enciclopedico , Fondazione La Biennale di Venezia

In Cloud Country: Abstracting from Nature, Harewood House Trust, Harewood

Vitamin D2: New Perspectives in Drawing, Phaidon, London, pp.226-229

Imran Qureshi: Artist of the Year 2013, Deutsche Bank

Ian Alteveer, Navina Najat Haider and Sheena Wagstaff : The Roof Garden Commission: Imran Qureshi, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York



Biennale: 3, 3rd Thessaloniki Biennale of Contemporary Art, Thessaloniki, pp.71-72

Political Patterns: Ornament im Wandel, Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen, Stuttgart, pp.64-75

Véronique Rieffel : Islamania, Institut des Cultures d’Islam, Beaux-Arts editions, Paris, pp.106-107



Imran Qureshi : Side by Side, Raking Leaves, London

Iftikhar Dadi, Modernism and the Art of Muslim South Asia, The University of South Carolina Press, p. 220



Jemima Montagu and Constance Wyndham : Living Traditions, Turquoise Mountain, pp.104-111

Die Macht Des Ornaments, Belvedere, Wien, pp.94-99



Indian Highway, Serpentine Gallery, Koenig Books, December, p.202



Il Velo, Centro Sperimentale per le Arti Contemporanee, Silvana Editoriale, p.131

Portraits and Vortexes, Rohtas 2 and Gandhara-Art, Hong Kong

Monsoon Art Collection, Die Keure, Belguim

Public and private collections

Queensland Art Gallery, Brisbane

Kadist Art Foundation, Paris

Deutsche Bank Collection



MAXXI, Museo Nazionale delle Arti del XXI Secolo, Rome

Fukuoka Asian Art Museum

National Art Gallery, Islamabad
The Presidency, Islamabad

Bradford Art Galleries and Museums, Bradford
Bristol Museum and Art Gallery, Bristol

The British Museum, London
Monsoon Art Collection, London
Victoria & Albert Museum, London

Harris Museum, Preston


The Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago

The RISD Museum, Rhode Island
University of Chicago Booth School of Business
U.S Department of State
World Bank, Washington
The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, New York