Waqas Khan is a Pakistani artist, that lives and works in Lahore, Pakistan. Born in Akhtarabad, Pakistan, in 1982.
 

Waqas Khan’s large scale minimalist drawings resemble webs and celestial expanses. The contemplation leaving a visible evidence on paper is the crux of the work.

 

Khan employs small dashes and minuscule dots to create large entanglements. Where when two particle-sque units are spread out and  entangled, they are essentially ‘in sync’ with each other, and they’ll stay in sync no matter how far apart they are. This idea of togetherness and being seen one as a magnanimous totality is what he partly absorbs from his inclination towards literature and interest in the lives of sufi poets. Khan’s work also evoke a sense of scripting, which he likes to see as a discourse between him and his viewer, a dialogue which is very much formatted over the syntax of a monologue.

 

Graduated as a printmaker, Waqas envisage through his work a view of an autonomous entity and identity, analogous to and following the same developmental patterns as some biological organism.

 

His most recent group shows include Doublethink:doublevision, curated by Allistair Hicks, Tania Bahar and Begum Akkoyunlu at Pera Museum in Istanbul (Turkey); Decor, curated by Tino Sehgal, Dorothea von Hantelmann and Asad Raza at the Fondation Boghossian - Villa Empain, in Brussels (Belgium); Between Structure and Matter: Other Minimal Futures curated by Murtaza Vali at Aicon Gallery, New York (USA); Dhaka Art Summit curated by Diana Campbell-Bethancourt in Dhaka (Bangladesh), and Nada temas, dice ella curated by Rosa Martínez at the Museo Nacional de Escultura in Valladolid (Spain). In 2013 he was shortlisted for the prestigious Jameel Art Prize at the V&A.

 

Waqas Khan's works are part of prestigious public collections such as the The British Museum and the Victoria and Albert Museum, in London (UK); the Deutsche Bank Collection, Frankfurt (Germany); the Kiran Nadar Museum of Art and the Devi Foudation, both in New Delhi (India).

 




Education

2008     Bachelor of Fine Arts. National College of Arts. Lahore, Pakistan.

Solo shows
 

2018     History, Memory or Geometry. Galerie Krinzinger. Vienna, Austria.

2017     Waqas Khan. Manchester Art Gallery. Manchester, UK.

2015     Acoustics of life. Galeri Krinzinger. Vienna, Austria.
2014     The Untitled Show. Sabrina Amrani Gallery. Madrid, Spain.
2013     In other words. Galerie Krinzinger. Vienna, Austria.
2012     Dance in Retina. Lakeeren Gallery. Mumbai, India.
2012     Abstraction Contained. Sabrina Amrani Gallery. Madrid, Spain.
2010     Even infinity takes time. Lakeeren Gallery. Mumbai, India.
2009     Shift 2, Canvas Art Gallery. Karachi, Pakistan.
2009     Shift, Rohtas Gallery. Lahore, Pakistan.
2008     Dot (A perfect circle). National College of Arts. Lahore, Pakistan.

Group shows
 

2019     The 4th Today’s Documents- AStich in Time. Curated by Huang Du & Jonathan Harris. Beijing Today Art Museum. Beijing, China.

2019     (D)escribir el mundo. MUSAC. Leon, Spain.

2018     The World On Paper. Deutsche Bank Collection. Berlin, Germany.

2018     Asia Pacific Tiennale 9. Queensland Art Gallery / Gallery of Modern Art (QGOMA). Brisbane, Australia.

2017     Cyclic Journey. Goethe Institut. Barcelona, Spain.

2017     On Line Dot. Curated by Maki Nishida. Devi Art Foundation in collaboration with The Japan Foundation, New Delhi. Gurugram, Haryana, India.

2017     Doublethink : Doublevision. Pera Museum. Istanbul, Turkey.

2017     The Absence of Path. Tunisian Pavillion, 57 Bienal di Venezia. Venice, Italy. 

2016     Decor. Boghossian Fondation - Vila Empain. Curated by Tino Sehgal, Dorothea von Hantelmann and Asad Raza. Brussels, Belgium.
2016     Between Structure and Matter: Other Minimal Futures. Curated by Murtaza Vali. Aicon Gallery. New York, USA.
2015     Nada temas, dice ella. Curated by Rosa Martínez. Museo Nacional de Escultura. Valladolid, Spain.
2015     Jameel Art Prize 3. National Library Singapore. Singapore.
2015     Jameel Prize 3. Sharjah Museum of Islamic Civilisation. Sharjah, UAE.
2014     Jameel Prize 3. Manege Museum and Exhibition Association, Moscow, Russia.
2014     Please Rewind! Sabrina Amrani Gallery, Madrid, Spain.
2014     Jameel Prize 3. Hermitage-Kazan Museum. Kazan, Tatarstan, Russia.
2014     Past Tradition. Exhibit320 Contemporary Art Space. New Delhi, India.
2014     The Drawingroom. Galerie I'm Taxispalais, Innsbruck, Austria.
2013     Jameel Prize 3. Victoria & Albert Museum. London, UK.
2013     The Drawingroom. Ursula Blickle Stiftung. Kraichtal, Germany.
2011     Intimate pictures. Tokyo Gallery + BTAP. Tokyo, Japan.
2009     Other side. Chowkandi Art Gallery. Karachi, Pakistan.
2008     Print exhibition. Alhamra Art Council. Lahore, Pakistan.
2008     Miniature Artists of Pakistan. National College of Arts. Lahore, Pakistan.

Art Fairs

 

2109     Artissima. Sabrina Amrani Gallery. Turin, Italy.

2019     Armory Show.  Galerie Krinzinger. New York, USA.

2018     Artissima. Sabrina Amrani Gallery. Turin, Italy.

2018     ARCOlisboa. Sabrina Amrani Gallery. Lisbon, Portugal.

2018     ARCOmadrid. Sabrina Amrani Gallery. Madrid, Spain.

2017     Art Brussels. Sabrina Amrani Gallery. Brussels, Belgium.

2017     Art Basel in Hong Kong. Galerie Krinzinger. Hong Kong.

2016     Frieze London. Galerie Krinzinger. London, UK.

2016     Art Basel in Basel. Galerie Krinzinger. Basel, Switzerland.
2016     Art Basel in Hong Kong. Sabrina Amrani Gallery. Hong Kong.
2016     Art Brussels. Sabrina Amrani Gallery. Brussels, Belgium.
2016     Art Dubai. Sabrina Amrani Gallery. Dubai, UAE.
2016     ARCOmadrid. Sabrina Amrani Gallery. Madrid, Spain.
2016     India Art Fair. Sabrina Amrani Gallery. New Delhi, India.
2015     Art Brussels. Galerie Krinzinger. Brussels, Belgium.
2015     Art Dubai. Galerie Krinzinger. Dubai, UAE.
2015     ARCOmadrid. Sabrina Amrani Gallery. Madrid, Spain.
2014     Art Basel Miami Beach. Galerie Krinzinger. Miami, USA.
2014     Artissima. Sabrina Amrani Gallery. Turin, Italy.
2014     Frieze London. Galerie Krinzinger. London, UK.
2014     ArtInternational. Galerie Krinzinger. Istanbul, Turkey.
2014     Art Basel. Galerie Krinzinger. Basel, Switzerland.
2014     Art Basel Hong Kong. Galerie Krinzinger. Hong Kong.
2014     Art Dubai. Galerie Krinzinger. Dubai, UAE.
2014     Art 14 London. London, UK.
2013     Art Basel Miami. Galerie Krinzinger. Miami, USA.
2013     Frieze London. Galerie Krinzinger. London, UK.
2013     FIAC. Galerie Krinzinger. Paris, France.
2013     Art Dubai. Sabrina Amrani Gallery. Dubai, UAE.

2013     Art Dubai. Galerie Krinzinger. Dubai, UAE.
2013     India Art Fair. Lakeeren Gallery. New Delhi, India.
2012     JustMad Mia. Sabrina Amrani Gallery. Madrid, Spain.
2012     Beirut Art Fair. Sabrina Amrani Gallery. Madrid, Spain.
2012     India Art Fair. Lakeeren Gallery. New Delhi, India.
2011     Art Dubai. Lakeeren Gallery. Dubai, UAE.
2011     India Art Summit. Lakeeren Gallery. New Delhi, India.

 

Awards

 

 

 

2018     ACTA Award, Eastern Eye Award for Arts.

2017     Art Spectrum Award South Asia.

2013     Shortlisted to Jameel Art Prize 3. (Victoria and Albert Museum)

 

Residencies

 

2012-2013     Krinzinger Projekte, Vienna.

 

Public collections

 

The Whitworth. Manchester, UK.

Manchester Museum. Manchester, UK.
British Museum. London, UK.

Victoria and Albert Museum. London, UK.

Manchester Art Gallery. Manchester, UK.

Kamel Lazaar Foundation. Tunis, Tunisia.

Kiran Nadar Museum. New Delhi, India.

Devi Art Foundation. New Delhi, India.

The Deutsche Bank Collection. Frankfurt am Main, Germany.

Publications

Color and Line - The Naqvi Collection. Published by The Naqvi Collection. 2015. ISBN: 978-9948-18-110-1
Feelings: Soft Art. Published by Rizzoli. 2015
Waqas Khan: The Untitled Show. Published by Sabrina Amrani Gallery. 2014

Three Trends, a Divided Art World, and 10 Artists Under 40: Deutsche Bank Senior

Curator Alistair Hicks Shares Insights on Frieze. Published by Artsy. 2014

The Miniature, Mystical Cosmologies of Waqas Khan. Published by Artsy. 2014

Waqas Khan. Abstraction Contained. Published by Sabrina Amrani Gallery. 2012