Rasheed Araeen

Jameel Prize 4 exhibition in Istanbul organised by the Victoria and Albert Museum, London in partnership with Art Jameel, and in collaboration with the Pera Museum is between 8 June 2016 and 14 August 2016.

Over 280 nominations for the Jameel Prize 4 were received from countries as far ranging as Afghanistan, Mali, Puerto Rico and Thailand. A panel of judges, chaired by V&A Director, Martin Roth, selected the shortlist. Works on show range from delicate paper collages to an animated video installation with marionettes and from ceramics, calligraphy and sculpture to artist’s books.

One of the eleven shortlisted artists and designers, Rasheed Araeen talks about his colorful works and his craftsmanship!

Araeen is recognised as a pioneer of Minimalist sculpture in Britain. His work celebrates the philosophy, science and art of Islam. He believes that Islamic art played a great role in the formation of modern art. Islamic geometry and calligraphy liberated Western artists from the the tradition of figurative art.
Araeen’s work Bahar Lye, Khushiaan Lye: Spring Come, Happiness Come shows a return to the geometric forms and bright colours of his early sculptures.

Bahar Lye, Khushiaan Lye: Spring Come, Happiness Come (detail) 2015 Wood and paint  1628 x 2155 mm

Bahar Lye, Khushiaan Lye: Spring Come, Happiness Come (detail)
2015
Wood and paint
1628 x 2155 mm

Araeen also works as a painter and photographer. His work Al-GhazaliAl-GhazaliAl-GhazaliAl-Ghazali repeats the name of the great 11th-century Muslim philosopher al-Ghazali four times, once on each side of the canvas.

Bahar Lye, Khushiaan Lye: Spring Come, Happiness Come  and Al-GhazaliAl-GhazaliAl-GhazaliAl-Ghazali

Bahar Lye, Khushiaan Lye: Spring Come, Happiness Come
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Al-GhazaliAl-GhazaliAl-GhazaliAl-Ghazali

Araeen was born in Karachi, now in Pakistan. He came to the UK in 1964 and lives and works in London,England.

The Jameel Prize 4 exhibition in Istanbul is organised by the Victoria and Albert Museum, London, in partnership with Art Jameel, and in collaboration with the Pera Museum. Please click here for more info about the exhibition! Gallery wall paint sponsor of Jameel Prize 4 is Jotun.

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