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SPARTA: The Seasons Turn – Artist Idris Khan OBE

17 NOVEMBER 2022


St Paul's School - John Colet Hall

Idris Khan OBE is one of the most exciting British artists of his generation. Drawing inspiration from the history of art and music as well as key philosophical and theological texts, Khan investigates memory, creativity and the layering of experience.

Khan’s works in sculpture, painting and photography rely on a continuous process of creation and erasure.  His work first gained attention using digital technology to overlay and combine series of visual or textual work: every Bernd and Hilla Becher photograph of a gable-sided house, every page of the Quran, every late Constable painting, every stave of Chopin’s Nocturnes. While photographic in nature, the resulting images possess characteristics more akin to drawing or painting and are presented as a kind of palimpsest.  The density and precision of his work alludes to the excess of information in the digital age, while encouraging a slower and more engaged way of looking and responding to our collective history and culture. He creates an expanded sense of time.  In this talk, he will be discussing the evolution of his practice into colour.

He has had artworks commissioned by the UAE The Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi, British Museum, Whitworth Museum and Kettles Yard Museum.  His work is held in major permanent collections including but not limited to: Arts Council Collection, Art Gallery of New South Wales, The British Museum, London Centre Pompidou, The de Young Museum, Government Art Collection, London Musée National des Beaux Arts, The National Gallery, National Gallery of Art Washington DC, Saatchi Gallery, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, Whitworth Art Gallery, the Tel Aviv Museum of Art.  Khan recently installed a sculptural work titled 65,000 Photographs, at  One Blackfriars, the artist’s first permanent public artwork in the UK.  His commission for the new Memorial Park in Abu Dhabi was awarded the American Architecture Prize 2017 and was also shortlisted for the World Architecture Prize in 2017.  Idris Khan was appointed an OBE for services to Art in 2017.

This event will be hosted by the Director of Art at St Paul’s School, Michael Grant.

This event is now also being held virtual via Zoom. Register here

Image Credit: The Seasons Turn portrait Idris Khan, 2021, courtesy Victoria Miro Gallery, Photograph by Josh Shinner

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