Qureshi’s paintings sometimes have a protagonist that suggests an autobiographical element. Descriptions from the past II 2001 was painted soon after Qureshi arrived in Melbourne in 2001 to undertake post-graduate study at the Victorian College of the Arts. A figure that resembles the artist stands with two golden orbs above her, hovering worlds which she finds herself caught between. Qureshi’s experience as a migrant to Australia negotiating a new society and finding her identity here as an artist informs this work. Of the group of Qureshi’s paintings in the Gallery’s collection, this one is closest stylistically to her initial training in Lahore.
gouache and gold leaf on wash
37.5 x 28.0 cm sheet; 35.0 x 24.7 cm image
Art Gallery of New South Wales, Bulgari Art Award 2019
Not on display
© Nusra Latif Qureshi