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ASIF AHMED | UNTITLED

Estimate:

1,500

to
- 2,000 GBP

PROPERTY FROM A PRIVATE COLLECTOR, LONDON

ASIF AHMED | UNTITLED

ASIF AHMED | UNTITLED

Estimate:

1,500

to
- 2,000 GBP

Lot sold:

2,520

GBP

PROPERTY FROM A PRIVATE COLLECTOR, LONDON

ASIF AHMED

b. 1980

UNTITLED


Gouache on wasli

Signed in Urdu and dated '09' lower right 

28.5 x 22.2 cm. (11 ¼ x 8 ¾ in.)

Painted in 2009

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Acquired from Ejaz Art Gallery, Lahore, 2009

Unicorn Gallery, New Art from Pakistan exhibition catalogue, Karachi, 2012, illustration p. 50

London, Pakistan High Commission, New Art from Pakistan, 28 September - 3 October 2012

Asif Ahmed is a contemporary miniature artist based in Karachi. He was awarded a distinction in Miniature Painting from the National College of Arts, Lahore, in 2004, and in the following year received the sought after Ustad Haji Sharif Award. Ahmed paints with gouache on wasli – the homemade paper traditionally used in miniature painting – and juxtaposes Mughal iconography with ambiguous symbolic images such as dice, guns and skulls. His work often possesses political undertones and in the current lot, the warrior’s profile overlain with the white, simplified outline of a mousetrap can be seen to speak to the illusory and fragile nature of power. Ahmed has shown his work widely throughout Asia, as well as across the Middle East, Europe and North America.