Idris Khan

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About the Artist

Drawing inspiration from the history of art and music as well as key philosophical and theological texts, Idris Khan investigates memory, creativity and the layering of experience. Khan's works – in media including sculpture, painting and photography – rely on a continuous process of creation and erasure, or the adding of new layers while retaining traces of what has gone before. He is well known for his large-scale works in which techniques of layering are used to arrive at what might be considered the essence of an image, and to create something entirely new through repetition and superimposition.

  • In Focus – Idris Khan: The Seasons Turn

     

    Conceived of as two distinct installations, each a reflection on aspects of the past year, The Seasons Turn includes a suite of 28 watercolour and oil collaged works on paper that incorporate fragments of the score of Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons, and an environment of enveloping blue paintings whose rich bands of colour are layered with the artist’s thoughts, feelings and responses to the past twelve months.

  • Previous exhibitions at Victoria Miro

    13 April - 15 May 2021

    Idris Khan: The Seasons Turn

    Victoria Miro is delighted to announce an exhibition of new works by Idris Khan. Conceived of as two distinct installations, each a reflection on aspects of the past year, The Seasons Turn includes a suite of 28 watercolour and oil collaged works on paper that incorporate fragments of the score of Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons, and an environment of enveloping blue paintings whose rich bands of colour are layered with the artist’s thoughts, feelings and responses to the past year.

    Victoria Miro Gallery I
    24 February - 30 April 2021

    The Sky was Blue the Sea was Blue and the Boy was Blue

    An exhibition of work by 19 artists celebrating the colour blue, available online and on Vortic as part of The London Collective.

    Victoria Miro on Vortic
    26 October - 14 December 2019

    Idris Khan: Words Beneath Words

    For this latest body of work, Khan uses wood blocks, stamping oil-based ink on to the surface of panes of glass to create images of intense power and presence. 

    Victoria Miro Venice
    3 October - 20 December 2017

    Idris Khan: Absorbing Light

    The exhibition marks an important departure for Khan, who will show works in bronze for the first time along with an entirely abstract painting. Uniting aesthetic and metaphysical questions, Khan has often employed techniques of layering and repetition to realise...
    Victoria Miro Gallery II
    1 May - 6 June 2015

    Idris Khan

    Conflicting Lines
    An exhibition of new work in the artist's fourth solo presentation with the gallery. Working across mediums including sculpture, painting and photography, Khan is well known for his large-scale works, which use techniques of layering to arrive at what might...
    Victoria Miro Mayfair
    20 September - 9 November 2013

    Idris Khan

    Beyond the Black
    A new body of work by the artist, for his third solo presentation with the gallery. This exhibition marks an important departure from Khan's photographic based works and comprises a suite of large black paintings, a monumental site specific wall...
    Victoria Miro Gallery I
    17 March - 24 April 2010

    Idris Khan

    Victoria Miro is delighted to announce an exhibition of new work by Idris Khan. Idris Khan's second solo show with the gallery, will consist of two major sculptural installations and a number of new photographic works that interlink seemingly disparate...
    Victoria Miro Gallery I
    24 March - 9 April 2009

    The Collection

    Group Exhibition

    Victoria Miro collaborates with Siobhan Davies to present The Collection. For three weeks, performers and artists present specially commissioned dance and artworks at Victoria Miro Gallery in North London and Siobhan Davies Studios in South London. 

    Victoria Miro Gallery I
    2 - 30 September 2006

    Idris Khan

    In this new body of work, Khan re-photographs and digitally layers a sequence or series of pictures in an enigmatic play of appropriation and re-creation. His photographs possess characteristics more akin to drawing or painting and are presented as a...
    Victoria Miro Gallery I
    18 January - 12 February 2005

    Photography 2005

    Group Exhibition
    Florian Maier-Aichen, Idris Khan, Brandon Lattu, Stephen Gill, Dan Holdsworth, Bettina von Zwehl Photography 2005 reveals a dynamic range of artistic practices. Some of the photographers are digital virtuosos working on the frontier of the medium in order to move...
    Victoria Miro Gallery I
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