Raqib Shaw

Raqib Shaw

Born in Calcutta in 1974, Raqib Shaw now lives and works in London. A graduate of London’s Central Saint Martins College, he has developed a fantastic universe that straddles the monstrous and the erotic. His paintings lie somewhere between the categories of fine art and applied art. Shaw’s landscapes, bustling with chimeras, are line-drawn with an evident mastery of classical draftsmanship. The colours are arranged as though a silversmith’s compartmentalizing techniques has been used. Shaw fastidiously chooses radiant tones, enlivening his images with coloured enamel and metallic paint. His dreamlike landscapes draw from decorative and floral motifs, as well as the bestiary. He is inspired by crafts like silversmithing, tapestry work, and jewellery making. Each image seems to be an illustration of a marvellous and cruel tale written by the artist, based upon his aesthetic encounters. His work evokes the seething and malevolent universe of Jerôme Bosch, as well as British traditions, circumvolutions of medieval heraldry, and the detail and refinement of Persian miniatures.

Solo exhibitions

2018


Reinventing the Old Masters, Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, Edinburgh, Scottland


 


2017


Raqib Shaw, Witworth Art Gallery, Manchester, UK


 


2016


Self Portraits, White Cube Bermondsey, London, UK


White Cube at Glyndebourne: Raqib Shaw, 2016 Glyndebourne Festival, Glyndebourne, UK


 


2015


New Sculptures and Paintings, Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Paris, France


 


2014


Raqib Shaw: Paradise Lost, Pace Gallery, New York, USA


 


2013


Raqib Shaw, Rudolfinium, Prague, Czech Republic


Raqib Shaw, Manchester Art Gallery, Manchester, UK


 


2012


Of Beasts and Super Beasts, Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Paris, France


 


2011


Paradise Lost, White Cube, London, UK


 


2009  


Absence of God, White Cube, London, UK


Absence of God, Karlsplatz Project Space, Kunsthalle Vienna, Vienna, Austria


 


2008  


Raqib Shaw At The Met, The Metropollitan Museum, New York, USA


 


2006     


Art Now: Raqib Shaw, Tate Britain, London, UK


Raqib Shaw: Garden Of Earthly Delights, Museum of Contemporary Art North Miami, Miami, USA


 


2005     


Raqib Shaw: Garden of Earthly Delights, Deitch Projects, New York, USA


 


2004     


Raqib Shaw: Garden of Earthly Delights, Victoria Miro Gallery, London, UK


 


 


Group exhibitions

 2018


WOW! The Heidi Horten Collection, Leopold Museum, Vienna, Austria


 


2016


Drawing Biennial 2015, Drawing Room, London, UK.


 


2015


Thief Among Thieves, Museum Of Contemporary Art Denver, Denver, USA.


 


2014


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


 


2013


Group Exhibition, Manchester Art Gallery, Manchester, UK.


 


2012     


7th Asia Pacific Triennal, Queensland Art Gallery, Brisbane, Australia


Summer Exhibition, Royal Academy, London, UK   


The Best of Times, The Worst of Times - Rebirth and Apocalypse in Contemporary Art, ARSENALE The First Kiev
 International Biennale of Contemporary Art, Kiev, Ukraine


Phantoms of Asia, Asian Art Museum, San Francisco, USA


 


2011     


Asian Contemporary Art from Private Collections, Singapore Art Museum, Singapore     


A Dream of Eternity, Villa Empain, Brussels, Belgium     


Painting Between the Lines, CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts, San Francisco, USA    


East ex East, Brand New Gallery, Milan, Italy


 


2010


Kupferstichkabinett: Between Thought and Action, White Cube, London, UK


The Beauty of Distance - 17th Biennale of Sydney, Sydney, Australia


Resonance, Suntory Museum, Osaka, Japan


 


2009     


Nightmare full of unspeakable things, Concept V, New York, USA


Taswir: Pictorial Mappings of Islam and Modernity, Martin-Gropius Bau, Berlin, Germany


Flower Power, Villa Giulia, CRAA Centro Ricerca Arte Attuale, Verbania, Italy


Die Macht Des Ornaments (The Power Of Ornament), Belvedere, Vienna, Austria


 


2007


Panic room - Works from The Dakis Joannou Collection, DESTE Foundation for Contemporary Art, Athens, Greece


 


2006


Around the World in Eighty Days, Institute of Contemporary Arts, London, UK


The Sixth Gwangju Biennale: Fever Variation, Gwangju, South Korea     


Without Boundary: Seventeen Ways of Looking, MoMA The Museum of Modern Art, New York, USA


Passion for Paint, National Gallery, London / Bristol City Museum, Bristol / Laing Art Gallery, Newcastle, UK


Dan Attoe, Elliot Hundley, Raqib Shaw: There's No Fooling You (The Classics), Peres Projects, Los Angeles, USA


 


2005


Expanded Painting, Prague Biennale, Prague, Czech Republic


 


2004     


Plantmania! Art and the World of Plants, Sunderland Museum & Winter Gardens, Sunderland, UK


 


2003     


Nation and Nature, Vaster than Empires, Hastings Museum and Art Gallery, Hastings / Worcester City Art Gallery, Worcester / The Yard Gallery, Nottingham / Lethaby Gallery, London, UK


 


2002


Direction 2002, The London Institute Gallery, London, UK


Chancellor's Forum, London College of Fashion, London, UK


 


2001     


Future Map 2001, Lethaby Gallery, London, UK


 


Public and private collections

United Kingdom


Tate Britain, London


 


USA


MoMA, Museum of Modern Art, New York


Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York