Raqib Shaw - Self Portraits
White Cube Bermondsey, 144 – 152 Bermondsey Street, SE1 3TQ13
13 July – 11 September 2016
This exhibition of new work by Shaw will include a series of paintings referencing, in part, Old Masters from the collections of the National Gallery, London, and Prado Museum, Madrid, as well as three new bronze sculptures that recall the style of the Renaissance Mannerist period.
Born in Calcutta, Shaw was raised in Kashmir but came to London in 1998, where he continues to live and work. His vision is transgressive, explored through highly personal, opulent and fantastical imagery, reflecting a cultural hybridity that combines iconography from both East and West. Drawing on a wide range of sources including art history, mythology, poetry, theatre, religion, science and natural history, his paintings are highly detailed, executed with enamel paint meticulously applied with porcupine quills onto smooth birch wood panels.
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