Artist Idris Khan has been appointed an Officer of the Order of the British Empire for services to Art in the Queen’s Birthday 2017 Honours List.
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. He is acclaimed for his large-scale works – in media including sculpture, painting and photography – 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. The density and precision of his images allude to the excess of information in the technical age, while encouraging a slower and more engaged way of looking and responding to our collective history and culture.
Image: Idris Khan, 2017
Portrait: Andrew Farrar