Raqib Shaw, The Opium Smoker (A Midsummer Night’s Dream), 2016 © the artist. Courtesy Raqib Shaw.

Raqib Shaw

Born in Calcutta and raised in Kashmir, Raqib Shaw has lived in London since 1998. His imagery is inspired by the Old Masters but he paints with enamels, using a needle-sharp porcupine quill. Breath-taking in their size, intricacy and flamboyant colour, they are the product of months or often years of intense work. The display features eight major paintings by Shaw, alongside two works which normally hang at the National Gallery of Scotland and have inspired two of his most recent paintings: Joseph Noel Paton'۪s The Quarrel of Oberon and Titania, 1849 and Lucas Cranach'۪s An Allegory of Melancholy, 1528. Patrick Elliott, Chief Curator at the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, who organised the exhibition and wrote the accompanying catalogue, will discuss the work of this extraordinary modern master.

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