Drawing Biennial 2019

Exhibition & online fundraising auction of over 200 unique works on paper

Exhibition: 20 February – 26 March · Auction: 11 March 10am – 26 March 9.30pm


Idris Khan

Sketch for Glass Painting

Year 2019
Medium Coloured pencil on paper
Dimensions 35 x 27 cm
Bidding Open Mon 11 March, 2019 at 10:00am
Bidding Ended Tue 26 March, 2019 at 9:30pm

About the work:

Drawing on diverse cultural sources including literature, history, art, music and religion, Khan has developed a unique narrative involving densely layered imagery that inhabits the space between abstraction and figuration and speaks to the themes of history, cumulative experience and the metaphysical collapse of time into single moments. His works are an investigation into the ways in which cultural, visual, cinematic and temporal memories coalesce into a dense, synesthetic whole. With his richly layered images, the meaning of the work emerges slowly and experientially with the passage of time. 

About the artist:

Idris Khan (b. 1978, Birmingham) lives and works in London. Graduated from BTEC National Diploma Foundation in Art and Design at Walsall College of Art and Technology, Walsall (1998); BA Photography at The University of Derby (2000); and MFA at Royal College of Art, London (2004). Select awards include the Tom Gower Award, The British Institute of Photography (2002); the Fragile Permanent Public Art Commision, Howick Place, London (2008); and OBE for Services to Art (2017). Khan was invited to lecture at Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, as part of the Cooper Conversation Series Artist Lecture (2010); he was elected Academy Member and Judge for the World Photography Awards, Cannes (2010); and Judge for the Google World Photography Awards (2009). Select solo exhibitions include Absorbing Light, Victoria Miro, London (2017); A World Within, The New Art Gallery, Walsall (2017); Seven Times, Galerie Thomas Schulte, Berlin (2017); Idris Khan, The Whitworth Art Gallery, The University of Manchester, Manchester (2016); Overture, Sean Kelly Gallery, New York (2015); Conflicting Lines, Victoria Miro Gallery, London (2015); and Set design collaboration with Wayne McGregor, Zürich Opernhaus, Zürich (2014). Select group exhibitions include THE MATTER IN HARMONY, Thomas Schulte Galerie, Berlin (2018); Actions. The Image of the World can be Different., Kettle’s Yard, Cambridge (2018); Summer Exhibition 2018, Royal Academy of Art, London (2018); Armory Show, Galerie Thomas Schulte, New York (2017); From Selfie to Self-Expression, Saatchi Gallery, London (2017); Memory of the Future, Musée de L'Elysée, Lausanne (2016); and In and Out of Time, Galerie Isa, Mumbai (2015). His works are held in private and public collections including the Arts Council Collection, London; The British Museum, London; Centre Pompidou, Paris; The de Young Museum, San Francisco; LACMA, Los Angeles; Musée National des Beaux Arts, Québec; The National Gallery of Art, London; National Gallery of Art, Washington; Saatchi Gallery, London; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco; and the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York.