Vasl Single Artist Teaching Residency - Suleman Aqeel Khilji

January - February 2016


Suleman Aqeel Khilji Born in 1985 in Quetta lives and works in Lahore Pakistan. Suleman was one of the students selected for a student exchange program to (Ecole de Beaux Art Paris) in 2009, he was awarded the medal for outstanding achievement in 2010 and went on to achieve a Distinction in painting in 2011 from "National College of Arts" Lahore. Taught O and A level art at City school Lahore for two years.

He has been displaying his work across Pakistan, and had group shows in France and the Uk. His most notable Solo show was "Inayat and Others" (Sanat Gallery Karachi)) and selected Group and two person shows include "Pahore" (Ecole de Beaux Art Paris) , "Young Blood" , "Four and Other Elements"(Canvas Gallery Karachi), "P.S; Art ", "Somewhere Else" "Found in Translation" ( Taseer Art Gallery Lahore) , "No Fear" (Menier Art Gallery London) "Overcast" (IVS Gallery Karachi) and "Second Glance/Double take" (SOAS London)

Currently Suleman is partly working as an Creative Designer. Khilji takes a research/Process based approach to art-making; he works with various mediums and techniques, collaborating drawing, painting, printmaking techniques, and digital techniques, His interest in drawing and photography leads him to use film stills, images from Art History , and press shots as the basis for painting, and to locate the boundary of abstraction and figuration in enlarged images. His recent work consider images from History of Art in his own context, not appropriating their exact mode of composition or execution, but re-situating and revisiting their contents in the light of his own contemporary visions.

Artist Statement

My visuals and references keep evolving, as I am interested in contradictions and similarities in visuals, sourced from different ages. In my research as an artist, most of my concerns are about the time, history and mythology. In one of the aspects of my practice, I am interested in interactions and conversations with people, places, and objects. My drawings are intended to be visual records of these conversations. This aspect/interest comes in my practice because of my own experience of having lived in various places, and knowledge of various cultures through that experience. During the process of Drawing/Painting, the studio transforms into a transitional space, where subdued transformations are perpetually occurring between Images/Visuals. Belonging to various periods, the Images carry figures and landscapes that relate to our recent time. Art practices from various periods, regions and from art history are a source of curiosity and hence play an important role in my practice.

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