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Title

ON THE EDGES OF DARKNESS - I

2016

Artist

Nusra Latif Qureshi

Australia, Pakistan

1973 -

  • Details

    Date
    2016
    Media categories
    Painting , Mixed media painting
    Materials used
    acrylic, gouache, gold leaf and ink on illustration board
    Dimensions
    38.0 x 50.0 cm
    Credit
    Art Gallery of New South Wales, Bulgari Art Award 2019
    Location
    Not on display
    Accession number
    203.2019
    Copyright
    © Nusra Latif Qureshi

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    Works in the collection

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    These powerful paintings have a dominant green field, a colour with which the artist feels a particular affinity. Against this background sparingly painted golden figures balance, sourced from 19th century photographs of acrobatic performers by Lala Deen Dayal (known as Raja Deen Dayal). In On the edges of darkness I 2016 a woman dominates a lion, while in On the edges of darkness II 2016 acrobats stand on each other’s shoulders. Each balancing art required skill, concentration and expertise as the performers entertained on the streets, in the courts and for the colonists. A black shape in these works conveys a sense of loss, the edges of darkness of the title. The wounded snow leopard and the horse cut off by the edge of the work are both borrowed from early miniatures and here, removed from the context in which they were first painted, have an unexplained sense of violence.

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