Raqib Shaw


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Young Henry, 2007

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Lady with a Squirrel and a Starling Head, 2007

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Jane Seymour, 2006. Mixed Media on Paper

Absence of God VI,  2008, Acrylic, glitter, enamel and rhinestones on board

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Absence of God VI, detail

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Absence of God VI, detail

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Absence of God VIII,  2008, Acrylic, glitter, enamel, rhinestones on board, 96 x 60 in.

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Absence of God VIII, detail

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Fallen Torero, 2009, Acrylic, Glitter, Enamel and Rhinestones on Paper

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Absence of God IV, The Blind Butterfly Catcher

Artist Bio

Raqib Shaw was born in Calcutta in 1974 but spent much of his youth in Kashmir, where he was indelibly influenced by the distinctive medley of Buddhist, Hindu, Muslim, and Christian cultures. In 2001 he enrolled at the Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design in London, where he now resides. In 2006 the Tate invited Shaw to create works in response to the exhibition “Holbein in England,” and until [recently] Hans Holbein the Younger (ca. 1497–1543) ruled Shaw’s imaginative world in which creatures both natural and fantastic romp amid architectural settings based on Holbein’s designs for jewelry, stained glass, and book illustrations. Shaw also reinterpreted some of Holbein’s portraits of English sitters, retaining their late medieval costumes but replacing their bodies with monsters. (MET Museum)

Raqib Shaw at White Cube Gallery, London, England

Some of the photos of the art works are by Todd-White Art Photography, Courtesy of White Cube