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Imran Qureshi
Artist Biography
Imran Qureshi

Born 31 Mar,1972

1993 Bachelor of Fine Arts from the National College of Arts, Lahore,Pakistan. Speciallization in Miniature Painting
2001 Residency at the Liverpool School of Arts, John Moores University,Liverpool, United Kingdom.
2001 Residency at the College of Fine Arts, University of New South Wales,Sydney, Australia.
1994… To Date     Assistant Professor at the Department of Fine Art, National College of Arts,          Lahore, Pakistan.                                          

Solo Exhibitions

2010    All Are The Colours Of My Heart’ Rohtas Gallery, Lahore and Chawkandi Art, Karachi, Pakistan.
2010    Blessings Upon the Land of My Love’, Gandhara Art at Pao Gallery, Hong Kong Art Center, Hong Kong.
2010    Corvi Mora Gallery, London, U.K.
2007    Canvas Art Gallery, Karachi, Pakistan.
2007    After Math’ Modern Art Oxford, UK.
2007    Corvi Mora Gallery,London, UK.
2006    Anant Art Gallery at the Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi, India.
2001    Admit One Gallery, New York, USA.

Selected Group Shows

2012    ‘Painting Show’ Eastside Projects, Birmingham, U.K.
2012    ‘Realms of  Intimacy: Miniaturist Practice from Pakistan’ Contemporary Arts Center, Cincinnati, USA.
2011    ‘Signature Art Prize’, Finalist Exhibition’ Singapore Art Museum, Singapore.
2011    ‘Intimate Pictures’ Tokyo Art Gallery, Tokyo, Japan.
2011    ‘Realms of Intimacy’ (Miniaturist Practice from Pakistan), Contemporary Arts Center, Cincinnati, Ohio, USA.
2011    ‘Thessaloniki Biennale of Contemporary Art’ Greece.
2011    ‘Political Patterns: Ornament im Wandel’, IFA Gallery, Berlin, Germany.
2011    ‘Plot for a Biennale: Sharjah Biennale 2011’, Sharjah, UAE.  (Won Sharjah Biennale Artists prize on site specific installation ‘Blessings upon the Land of My Love’ 2011)
2010    ‘Mazaar Bazaar: Design and Visual Culture in Pakistan’, Zahurul Akhlaq Gallery, National College of Arts, Lahore, Pakistan.
2010    ‘Beyond the Page’ Pacific Asia Museum, Pasadena, USA.
2009    ‘Hanging Fire’ Asia Society Museum, New York, USA.
2009    ‘East West Divan’ 53rd La Biennale di Venezia, Venice, Italy.
2009    ‘Outside In: Alternative Narratives in Contemporary Art’, University Museum and Art Gallery, The University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong.
2009    ‘Die Macht  des Ornaments’ Belvedere, Vienna.
2008    ‘Living Traditions’ Contemporary Art from Afghanistan, Pakistan and Iran, Queen Palace, Bagh-e-Babur, Kabul, Afghanistan & National Art Gallery, Islamabad, Pakistan.
2008    ‘100 years, 100 Artists, 100 works of Art”, London Underground, London, UK.  
2006    ‘Beyond the Page’ Asia House London, Manchester Art Gallery, Manchester,     U.K.
2006    ‘Belief’ Singapore Biennale 2006, Singapore.
2006    ‘I Love my Country but I think We Should start Seeing Other People , Jack   Hanley Gallery, San Francisco, USA.
2005    ‘Miniatures Contemporaines Du Pakistan’ La Halle Villefranche De Rouergue, France.
2005    ‘Re-inventing Narratives’, La Galerie Mohamed el Fassi, Rabat, Morocco.
2005     Beyond Borders-Art from Pakistan, National Gallery of Modern Art, Mumbai, India.
2005    ‘Contemporary Asian Artists III-Contemporary Miniature Paintings from Pakistan’ Fukuoka Asian Art Museum, Japan.
2004    ‘Expander” Royal Academy of Arts’, London, UK.
2004    ‘Drawn Page’ Aldrich Cotemporary Art Museum, Aldrich, USA.
2003    ‘Playing with a Loaded Gun’ Apex Art Gallery, New York and Kunsthalle Fridericianum, Kassel, Germany.
2003    ‘Miniatures Pakistanaises’ Maison d’Art Contemporain Chaillioux – 94 Frenses, France.
2003    ‘American Effect’ Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, USA.
2003    ‘New Work’ (Group show with Pierpaolo Campanini, Roger Hiorns, Aisha Khalid and Eva Marisaldi) Corvi Mora Gallery, London, UK.
2002    ‘Threads, Dreams, Desires’ Harris Museum, Preston, UK.
2001    Three Person show at Bluecoat Arts Centre’, Liverpool, U.K. (with Andrew Mania and Penny McCarthy)
2001    ‘The Eye Still Seeks’ Ivan Dougherty Gallery, Sydney, Australia.
2000    Didrichsen Art Museum, Kuusisaari, Finland.
1999    Third Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art, Brisbane, Australia.
1998    International Art Exhibition of Common Wealth, National Art Gallery, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
1997    8th Asian Art Biennial, Shilpakala Academy, Bangladesh.
1997    ‘Rumors of Spring’ Group show of Pakistani Artists, Lionel Weindt Art Gallery, Colombo, Srilanka.


Kadist Art Foundation, Paris.
U.S Department of State, Arlington.
University of Chicago, Booth School of Business.
Bristol Art Museum, UK.
Monsoon Art Collection, UK.
Fukuoka Asian Art Museum, Japan.
Harris Museum, Preston, UK.
Victoria & Albert Museum, London, UK.
Deutsche Bank’s Collection of Contemporary Art, Germany.
World Bank, Washington, USA.
The Presidency, Islamabad.
National Art Gallery, Islamabad..
Bradford Art Galleries and Museums, Bradford, U.K.
Queensland Art Galleries &Museums, Brisbane, Australia.

Selected Bibliography

National Press:

‘Contemporary Artworks on Display’ Schezee Zaidi, The News (Pakistan), February 8, 2009.
‘Living Traditions: Pakistan, Afganistan, Iran Put Under Microscope’ Mahtab Bashir, Daily Times (Pakistan), February 9, 2009.
‘NAG to host Pak-Afghan-Iran Art Exhibition’ Schezee Zaidi,, The News(Pakistan), February 5, 2009.
‘Living Traditions’ Of The Region Go on Display at NAG’, Mahtab Bashir, DailyTimes, (Pakistan) February 8, 2009.
‘Miniature on the Underground’, Nukta Art, Volume 4, p.10
‘Talking About Miniature Painting in Pakistan Today’, Atteqa Ali, Nukta Art, Volume 4, pp.16-17.
‘The Bigger Picture” by Shabnam Syed Khan, Friday Times, January 6-12,2006.p.26.
‘Collective Vision’ by Murtaza Vali, Harald, October 2005.p.162-164..
‘Artists in Transition’  by Salwat Ali, Newsline, November 2005.p.99-101.
‘Catalyst of Change’ by Naiza Khan, Herald, October 2005. p.159-161.
‘Market Makes the Mark’ by Quddus mirza, The News, 0ctober 16,2005.
‘The Creative Duo’ by Atteqa Ali, The Nation, December 18,2005. p.33.
‘Small Extends Big’  by Quddus Mirza, THE NEWS: April 3, 2005. P.28.
‘Interview’ by Asim Akhtar, The News: November 07, 2004.
‘Miniature Makeover’ by Hammad Nasar, Herald: April 2004 (p.135-137).
‘Same Planet Different Worlds’ by Hammad Nasar, Herald: February 2004 (p.94-99).
‘Miniature Paintings with a Twist by Imran Qureshi” by Shehneela Farheen, Social Pages: January 2004 ( p.69-71).
‘Miniature Makeover’ by Alia Hasan Khan, Herald: November 1999 (p.126-127).
‘Back to the Future’ by Amra Ali, Newsline: October 2000 (p.102-103).
‘Coming of Age’ by Niilofur Furrukh, Newsline: November 1999 (p.148-149).
‘Past Forward’ by Niilofur Furrukh, Newsline: December 2002 (p.126-127).
‘Plentitude of Smallness’ by Akbar Naqvi, Herald: December 2002 (p.134-136)
‘Modernizing Miniatures’ by Zainab Rizvi, Friday Times: October 10-16, 1996.
‘Reflection from the City of Mind’ by Asim Akhtar, The News: October 18, 1996.
‘Sensibility & Craft’ by Ali Kamal, The News: January 4, 1998.
‘Patterns of Change’ by Quddus Mirza, The News: September 26, 1999.
‘The Miniaturists’ by Marjorie Hussain,The Review- Dawn: October 14-20, 1999.
‘Redefining a New Horizon of Miniature Art’ by Salwat Ali, The News: October 21, 1999.
‘Miniature Marvel’ by Sara Haq, The News: August 26, 2001.
‘Room with Two Views’ by Quddus Mirza, The News: April 2, 2000.
‘Contemporary Miniature Paintings’ by Shamim Akhtar, Daily News: September 16, 2000.
‘The Miniature World’ by Quddus Mirza, The News: July 8, 2001.
‘Moving Miniatures’ by Quddus Mirza, The News: November 17, 2002.
‘Beyond Boundarie’ by Marjorie Hussain, Dawn Gallery: November 9, 2002.
‘Deconstructing Missiles’ by Quddus Mirza, The News: Febuary 11, 2001.
‘Crossing Frontier’ by Salima Hashmi, Libas International: Vol 15, 2002 (p.93-95).


‘Beyond Bombs and Beards’ by Mohni Mohsin, The Times of India, September 17, 2011.
‘Last Exit to Lahore’  Interview with Nicolas Trembley,  Journal Numero. June-July 2011.
‘Foment of the moment’  The Economist, March 24, 2011
‘At Sharjah Biennale: Interpretation of a region defined by a rebellion’ by Vinita Bharadwaj, New York Times, March 9, 2011
‘Pakistan’s Heartland under Threat’ by John Lancaster, National Geographic, July 2010
‘The New West’ by Mike Watson, Artapartofculture, July 1, 2009.
‘Miniatures Get a ‘Neo’ Tag’, Nirupma Subramanian The Hindu.com, November 28, 2009.
‘Contradiction Remains Vital to Pakistan and Its Art’ Randy Kennedy, New York Times, September 2, 2009.
‘The Doors Not Taken’ Koon Yee-wan, Muse, Issue 30, July, pp.101-104, 2009.
‘Reinventing the Miniature Painting’ Louis Werner, Saudi Aramco World, July/August, Volume 60, No. 4.
‘Trading Places’, Georgina Adams, Financial Times, June 6, 2009 p.2.   
‘Living Traditions Exhibit Explores Art in War-torn Afghanistan’ Aryn Baker, Time, October 17, 2008.
‘Afganistan: Three-Nation Art Show Opens In Kabul’, Aunohita Mojumdar, Eurasianet.org, October 31, 2008.
‘Imran Qureshi’, Theresa Thompson, The Oxford Times, November 16, 2007
‘Indian Moguls Inspire Artists’, Oxford Star, November 16, 2007.
‘Pupils Inspired to Deface School’, The Oxford Times, November 9, p.1, 2007.
‘Wonderwall’ Fran Bardsley, Oxford Mail, November 9, p.15, 2007
‘Taken as Red’, Kevin Kwong, South China Morning Post, October 30, 2007 p. C8
‘Imran Qureshi’, Reading Evening Post, October 25, 2007
‘Indian Art’, Jeremy Smith, Oxford Mail, October 12, 2007
‘Exhibitions’, The Guardian Guide, October 6-12, p.37, 2007.
‘Pupils Try Hand at Miniature Art’, Oxford Mail, October 4, 2007. p.8
‘Heart Touching Heart’ Joseph Goldstein, Tricycle, Winter, p.13
‘Surprised General?’ Ron Moreau,, Newsweek, p.52
‘1st Singapore Biennial’, Christy Lange, Frieze, January/February, p.158-161
‘Under the Gun’ by Carla Power, TIME, December 17, 2007. p.58
‘Trisha Donnely And Imran Qureshi, Oxford’ The Guardian Guide, 6 October to 12 October 2007, p. 3  
‘Pass the Brush: 6 Artists, 1Vision’ by Benjamin Genocchio, The New York Times, September 4, 2005.
‘Grand Meaning in Asian Miniatures’ by Holland Cotter, The New York Times, December 2,2005.p.E33
‘Miniature Marvels’ by Meera Rajagopalan, INDIA New England, November 1, 2005.
‘Soul-Prints on Wasli’ by Asim Akhtar, Libas International, Volume 18, 2005.issue 4.p.122-126
‘Review: Chawkandi Art’ by Quddus Mirza, Flash Art, January-Febuary 2003 ( p. 119 ‘Threads, Dreams, Desires’ by Quddus Mirza, Flash Art, Oct. 2002
‘Mania, McCarthy and Qureshi’ by Robert Clark, The Guide, Guardian, June 23- June 29 2001
Art Tomorrow’ Edward Lucie Smith, ( p 256-257 )
‘Crossing Boundaries’ Responses: Intercultural Drawing Practice, Liverpool School of Art & Design, John Moores University, Liverpool, UK ( p 32-39 )
‘Imran Qureshi’ Virginia Whiles, Art Asia Pacific, issue 33 ( p 55-61 )
‘A Particular Language’ Quddus Mirza, Art Asia Pacific, Issue 24 ( p.80-81 )
‘Radicalizing Tradition’ Salima Hashmi , Art Link , vol 20, No.2 ( p.33-35 )
‘Under the Sign of Faiz” by Chaitanya Sambrani, Art Monthly, July 2001, No.141 (p.30-32)
‘Pak Artist Sketches A Subtle Revolution” by Poonam Goal, Hindustan Times, 17th November 2001 (p. 5)  
‘Of Missiles & Shrouds” ‘by Quddus Mirza, Art India, Vol.VI issue II, (p. 90-91)  
 Third Text: by Virginia Whiles, (p. 107-110)