Waqas Khan upcoming solo show at MUSAC
It has been spoken several times: there is some kind of trance in which the artist Waqas Khan enters to develop his laborious work. Breathing, focusing, dot to dot, holding the Wasli paper, without distraction, because the slightest mistake means to throw everything away. Waqas has also explained to us that his work is like writing, as a language that reflects his state of mind, the things that happen to him in life, perhaps, even, the things that happen to the world. Events that reach the artist and he expresses in his particular language.
Waqas Khan review – a message of love gently invades Manchester from outer space
"Intricately crafted using millions of pen marks, the Lahore artist’s epic, shimmering drawings capture stars, galaxies, mountains and moons. He is worthy of comparisons with Rothko and Mondrian". An article by Jonathan Jones for The Guardian.
Watch an interview to Waqas Khan about his solo show at Manchester Art Gallery
Pakistani artist Waqas Khan talks about universality of art as a language to connect with people, regardless of their origin or social condition. The exhibition in Manchester is preceded by a neon that welcomes in his native language, intending different Western and Eastern cultures feel invited to enter and share the exhibition’s space.
Salon | A Regional Perspective: South Asia at ABHK 2016
Along with two other artists, Waqas Khan talks in Art Basel about his first steps on his career, back in Lahore, Pakistan. How he started, why, his first exhibits, improving the dot techniques, evolution. The working process from key models in his studio to actual and complete Works. “ I wanted to connect with everyone, no matter what language they would speak. That’s why I became an artist”.
Michael Perrett on Waqas Khan at Manchester Art Gallery
Michael Perrett’s exploration of the Pakistani artist’s exceptionally detailed ink drawings won highly commended in this year’s Observer/Anthony Burgess prize
Waqas Khan in conversation with Fareda Khan, Head of Special Projects, Manchester Museums and Galleries Partnership
Khushamdeed, recites the neon that crowns the entrance to the building where the Pakistani artist Waqas Khan exhibits in Manchester. It is a word whose scope surpassed the limits of welcome and hospitality in any home of ancient Persia, an invitation to cross the threshold and celebrate life with the host. An invitation to share and live a family experience. That family to which we may all belong. Inside the building, in front of the audience, Waqas Khan tries to unravel the secrets and meanings of his art through his training, the relationship with spaces, architecture, the people he learns from, the constant need of movement, the importance of returning to the simple to communicate, the emotional states ... A very complete interview by the co-curator Fareda Khan.
Hands Dancing on Paper | Discovering artist Waqas Khan
Meet artist Waqas Khan at his studio in Lahore. His work, his miniaturist technique and often based on duts, is an example of skill and persistence. Khan talks about how he was rejected several times by the National College of Arts in Lahore until he was finally admitted.
Jameel Prize 3 | Waqas Khan
Architect tools (Rotring), permanent archive ink and wasli paper, traditionally used for miniature. Those are the weapons of the artist Waqas Khan to create. And also those that give him peace when he works, as if it were a meditation.
The Crowning of Waqas Khan
Video of the making of Destinations Magazine shooting for Waqas Khan's feature in the publication