Raqib Shaw: Prague Bound

Shradha Ramesh unveils Raqib Shaw’s first exhibit at Galerie Rudolfinum in Prague

Whimsy Beastie/BUSHVAMPS I, Raqib Shaw, 2012

Whimsy Beastie/BUSHVAMPS I, Raqib Shaw, 2012. Image Credit: http://www.galerierudolfinum.cz/en/exhibition/raqib-shaw#fotogalerie

New York: Galerie Rudolfinum in Prague is currently exhibiting a selection of Raqib Shaw’s recent works.

His array of works ranges from intricate bejewelled paintings on canvas to painted bronzes. Different kinds of medium and diverse themes intermingle together to create multi-layered works. These merge together traditional sensibility through their medium and modernity through their composition and theme.

Born in Calcutta, the London based artist’s work is a convergence between these worlds.

Raqib Shaw creates a surreal juxtaposition of mythical forms against metaphysical spaces set in a dreamy atmosphere. The characters populating his works are half-human, half-animal and they live only according to their instinct.  The background of his paintings, contrasts this surreal atmosphere showing nuances of Oriental motifs as well as Greco-Roman thematic influences.

Absence of God III...And His Tears of Blood Will Drown the Cities of Men, Raqib Shaw, 2008

Absence of God III…And His Tears of Blood Will Drown the Cities of Men, Raqib Shaw, 2008. Image Credit: http://www.galerierudolfinum.cz/files/sorl_cache/27/4b/274b7eda982ded815c2def2ad94196b0.jpg

Below you can enjoy Galerie Rudolfinum’ s videotrailer on Shaw’s show.

Raqib Shaw’s works are on exhibit until September 15th 2013. To learn more about the exhibition click here.

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