International Artist Steps On To Artwalk
Mon 22 Sep 2014
Ali Kazim, an internationally-renowned, award winning artist from Lahore in Pakistan, will be offering an exciting and insightful preview of his new work at The Art House during the Artwalk, which is taking place in Wakefield on Wednesday 24th September, 5pm – 9pm.
Ali, who has travelled to the UK to complete a one month residency with The Art House, is using the space, time and one-to-one support provided as part of the residency to create a new body of work – a series of intricate pigment drawings, inspired by ancient ruins from his hometown of Lahore.
He is using his time at the Art House to experiment with new mediums and surfaces that are new to him: using cotton wadding and stencilling, layered powdered pigments and tracing paper. The ethereal pieces created as part of this process will be displayed in The Art House foyer from Artwalk night until 12 November.
Work produced as part of his residency will form part of Ali Kazim’s up and coming exhibitions taking place next year in London and Mumbai.
“I have a really busy twelve months ahead of me – I’m participating in group shows in Hong Kong and New York, both opening next month. With this and two solo exhibitions on the horizon I needed a quiet, supportive place to develop a completely new body of work. With its reputation and location I knew that The Art House could offer me the breathing space that I needed.
“I am also interested in learning more about print making, so having access to The Art House’s state-of-the-art Print Studio will be invaluable.
“So far my work is progressing well and I am looking forward to sharing some of my work in progress with the people of Wakefield as part of the September Artwalk. Excitingly the work developed here in Wakefield will also form part of my international exhibitions.”
As part of the Artwalk, Ali will also take part in an Artist Q and A and will be on hand to discuss his work and experiences with other artists and interested visitors at The Art House.
A contemporary artist, most recognised for his figurative paintings and sculptures, Ali has an interest in the human body and carefully selects his materials to articulate his subject. Recent projects have included the use of human hair to create 3D drawings inspired by internal body structure, including a model of a heart, which was suspended in the air (with invisible thread).