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Imran Qureshi

Miniature painting
15–31 August 2019

Imran Qureshi
Rebellion, 2018, gouache and gold leaves
on wasli paper

Miniature painting and other media

Hohensalzburg Fortress

Teaching language
English (teacher also speaks Urdu)

What to bring
The necessary tools and materials will be specified along with your confirmation of acceptance, and can be purchased at the Academy shop. Participants will receive an exact list of material when accepted for the course.

Basic understanding of drawing. Participants should be able to work sitting on cushions on the floor.

Maximum number of participants

Hadia Zahra

Participation fee
€ 800.– (€ 608.–)

This introductory course will focus on the centuries-old traditional technique of miniature painting from the Indian subcontinent. The course will evolve around preparation of materials, including brush-making, wasli-papermaking, and processing the paints/pigments in a traditional way. Demonstrations will also be an important part throughout the course, which will include different techniques of making a miniature painting (pencil, Siyyah Qalam, Gad’rang, gilding and border-making). During the course, Imran Qureshi will also talk about the revival of contemporary miniature painting in Pakistan.

The basic objective of this course is to encourage conceptual work in the participants after they have been introduced to certain skills and gained an understanding of the ancient art form of miniature painting.

At the end of the course, participants will translate their previous assignment-based practice into their own personal visual vocabulary.

Participants who already have experience in miniature painting and know the basic techniques will have more time than “beginners” to integrate the miniature painting in their own artistic production at the end of the course.
Imran Qureshi, born in Hyderabad (PK) in 1972, lives and works in Lahore (PK). He is known for his unique aesthetic which combines the motifs, symbolism and ornamental techniques of 16th- and 17th-century Mughal miniature painting with current issues and the formal language of contemporary abstract painting. In 2011, Qureshi was awarded the Sharjah Biennial Prize for his site-specific installation Blessings upon the land of my love, which marked his international breakthrough. In 2013, he was Deutsche Bank’s Artist of the Year. Imran Qureshi is Assistant Professor in the department of Fine Arts at the National College of Arts in Lahore.

Solo exhibitions
2018 By the People, Washington National Cathedral, Washington, D.C. 2017 And That Is How We Loved This Too – This Land, Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Salzburg (AT). Two Wings To Fly. Not One, Pakistan National Council of the Arts, National Art Gallery, Islamabad. 2016 The Seeming Endless Path Of Memory, Museo Civico, San Gimignano, Siena (IT). Newlyn Art Gallery, Newlyn & The Exchange, Penzance and Truro Cathedral, Cornwall (UK). Where The Shadows are So Deep, Barbican, London. Idea of landscape, Kunsten Museum of Modern Art, Aalborg (DK).

Group exhibitions
2018 Lahore Biennale 01, Lahore. International Exhibition of Contemporary Art, Yerevan. Imran Qureshi, Al Jahili Fort, Al Ain (AE). 2016 Other States, Other Lives, Other Souls, Corvi-Mora, London (with Aisha Khalid). This Night-Bitten-Dawn, Devi Art Foundation in collaboration with the Gurjal Foundation, New Delhi. 2015 The Great Game, Iranian Pavilion, 56th Biennale di Venezia, Venice (IT).

Imran Qureshi: Artist of the Year 2013, exh. cat., Deutsche Bank, Hatje Cantz, Ostfildern 2013.
Ian Alteveer, Navina Najat Haider, Sheena Wagstaff (eds.): The Roof Garden Commission: Imran Qureshi, exh. cat., Metropolitan Museum of Art, Met Publications, New York 2013.

Imran Qureshi
Portait photo: Imran Dervesh