b. 1972, Pakistan. Courtesy of Nature Morte.

  1. This Leprous Brightness, 2019. Acrylic paint and gold leaf on canvas. 185.4 x 139.7 x 10.2 cm (each) (diptych)

This Leprous Brightness was made after Imran witnessed immense amounts of violence that resulted in explosions. Creating works while processing and contemplating this experience, the artist created an abstract void. The two oval shaped canvases and the meticulously layered pigments emit luminosity. Golden pigments and the deeply coloured surface resemble the trace of light in fading. It is subtle yet present.

2. Story of Two, 2019. Gouache and gold leaf on wasli paper. 52.6 x 44.5 cm.

Story of Two: Nature and war- the two opposing icons are strictly divided into their own territories. Striking red pigments that resemble blood sweep over the missile on top and rain down on the tree. The marks that surround the central images complicate the work, inviting the viewer to closely trace them. Completed in a traditional miniature painting style that is exemplary of Imran’s practice, this particular work displays the artist’s quest to show the unpleasant yet inevitable unity of various elements  that comprise our lives.

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