Fahd Burki: Daydreams

Fahd Burki: Daydreams

This exhibition is Fahd Burki’s first major solo show and brings together over 50 works spanning the last 15 years of the artist’s practice. Burki’s paintings, drawings, prints and sculptures are inspired by a spectrum of interests, ranging from architecture, fantasy, nature and science fiction, to various strands of contemporary popular culture. The selection of works range from his earlier figurative work to abstraction, as well as his more recent abstract reliefs.

The early figurative and non-representational works are playfully executed using flat graphic colours, symbols and shapes. Over the years, his practice has evolved through slight variations and reductions resulting in more contemplative abstract compositions consisting of grids, lines, geometric shapes, repetition, symmetry and blank spaces; created using subtle materials such as acrylic, pencil and graphite to make barely visible marks and light washes.

Taking on an even more subtle approach, Burki explores the space between painting and sculpture, through a new series of commissioned relief works. Using geometric blocks of various light colour palettes, Burki reduces the work to its most essential elements, focusing on materiality, with an emphasis on weight and form.

A specially produced publication featuring newly commissioned texts by Murtaza Vali, Saira Ansari and Dawn Ross will accompany the exhibition.

About the Artist 

Fahd Burki (b.1981, lives and works in Lahore, Pakistan) graduated from the National College of Arts, Lahore in 2003 and received a Postgraduate Diploma from the Royal Academy of Arts, London in 2010. His work has been exhibited widely in solo and group shows internationally, including: 9th Göteborg International Biennial for Contemporary Art, Sweden, 2017; National Gallery of Art, Warsaw, 2016; Gwangju Biennale 11, 2016; Office for Contemporary Art Norway: OCA, Oslo, 2016; Dhaka Art Summit, 2016; British Council Headquarters, London 2015 and Carré D’Art, Nîmes, 2014. In 2014, a monograph of the artist’s work was published in association with Skira editore, Milan.