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Untitled (2000)
By Aisha Khalid
Gouache, tea wash and ink on card
Signed and dated ‘Aisha Khalid 2000’ (lower left)
Dimensions: 32.9 x 32.9 centimetres (13 x 13 inches)
Estimated price: $10,00015,000
Price realised: $11,250

The early 21st century has brought the work of contemporary painters from Pakistan to the attention of curators and collectors worldwide. A particular appreciation has been drawn by a school of artists whose work is inspired by miniature painting, addressing issues relevant to the contemporary world.

Prominent among these is Aisha Khalid, whose practice plays with surfaces, whether concealed or covered with pattern as a camouflage or as a form of trompe-l’œil. Her exquisite visual vocabulary of repeated pattern creates a mesmerising visual space. In this work her technique generates a surface of syncopated rhythms and suggests both physical and psychological infinity within an enclosed universe. Khalid’s repetitive geometric pattern finds root in Islamic art, but is applied in a contemporary manner, evoking questions of space, time and the universe. In this work, the artist juxtaposes a chequered vortex with a flat plane, contrasting the movement of life with the stillness of an eternal void.

Christie’s New York South Asian Modern and Contemporary Art sale took place on September 17, 2014. 

First published in the ADBUZZZZ Section of The DAWN National Weekend Advertiser on September 21, 2014.