Waqas Khan: Jameel Prize 3

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Waqas Khan


Each dot, or mark, or line, when they come together it is like making some kind of organic forms - it’s like cells.


I am using architecture [ink] too - that’s called rapidograph – and I’m using permanent ink and the paper is a traditional miniature painting paper. The reason of using that paper is because that paper is thick and the archival quality of that paper, and that paper can bear the pressure of both my hands. So I have to hold the pen with two hands and I have to go exactly at the same mark, because I am using permanent ink – it cannot be moved, it cannot be removed.


My viewer is very important for me. They should be surprised, they should have some enquiries – like, you know, they want to see it; they want to go close to it. Through my work, I want them to be peaceful for some time. Their head and their heart – like, their whole body should be peaceful for some time and they should remember it.


Waqas Khan was born in Akhtarabad, Pakistan. Having trained in the miniature style, he is skilled in the delicate art of printmaking. Using small and precise marks on paper, he creates forms and shapes that seem to extend into infinity. At his studio in Lahore, Khan describes the painstaking process that enables him to create works that evolve from simple dots into patterns and compositions. His drawings are built up from ideas and concepts obtained from Muslim, Hindu and Sufi traditions.

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