Artist Study: Raqib Shaw

Raqib Shaw was born in Calcutta, India, and brought up in Kashmir until the long-standing conflict in the area forced his family to flee, moved to London in 1998.

His gloriously opulent paintings suggest a fantastical world full of intricate detail, rich colour, and jewel-like surfaces, all masking the intense violent and sexual nature of its imagery.

This priest-looked monkey reminds me of Francis Bacon’s Study after Velázquez’s Portrait of Pope Innocent X.

His works are erotic and making audience uncomfortable simultaneously, which is unusual.

Inspired by Hieronymous Bosch’s fifteenth century visionary triptych, Shaw’s series of works similarly titled ‘Garden of Earthly Delights’ celebrate a society free of any moral restraint.

Raqib Shaw. (Indian, born 1974). Garden of Earthly Delights X. 2004. Synthetic polymer paint, glitter, stones, crystals, rhinestones, and gems on board, three panels, 8 x 15′ (243.8 x 457.2 cm). Gift of Adam Sender and George Lindemann, Jr. © 2008 Raqib Shaw
Raqib Shaw. (Indian, born 1974). Garden of Earthly Delights X. 2004. Synthetic polymer paint, glitter, stones, crystals, rhinestones, and gems on board, three panels, 8 x 15′ (243.8 x 457.2 cm). Gift of Adam Sender and George Lindemann, Jr. © 2008 Raqib Shaw
Raqib Shaw. (Indian, born 1974). Garden of Earthly Delights X. 2004. Synthetic polymer paint, glitter, stones, crystals, rhinestones, and gems on board, three panels, 8 x 15′ (243.8 x 457.2 cm). Gift of Adam Sender and George Lindemann, Jr. © 2008 Raqib Shaw

  

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