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Title

Distant plains of gold

2019


Artist

Nusra Latif Qureshi

Australia, Pakistan

1973 -


About

Within the green oval in the centre of this work float golden clouds above finely painted flowers and grasses, recalling plants the artist has seen growing on riverbanks in Pakistan. The way in which they are depicted was inspired by the plants in an early miniature painting of a king hunting a lion.

The outline of a scientific instrument from an old encyclopedia crosses from the green oval into the tea washed field. It appears to be a type of telescope made to bring distant objects into sharp focus. With its companion work 'Knotting the waves', it also suggests unacknowledged emotions and desires, of how difficult it can be to see what clearly in front of us.


Details


Date

2019


Materials used

gouache, gold, tea wash on wasli


Dimensions

27.0 x 19.0 cm image; 34.0 x 22.6 cm sheet


Credit

Art Gallery of New South Wales, Bulgari Art Award 2019


Location

Not on display


Accession number

225.2019


Artist information

Nusra Latif Qureshi

Works in the collection

6