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Raqib Shaws work is the kind that just looks so beautiful it is impossible to dislike. His paintings, no matter what way you look at them, naturally look exquisite

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Raqib Shaw's work is the kind that just looks so beautiful it is impossible to dislike. His paintings, no matter what way you look at them, naturally look exquisite and his use of largemmm varieties of textural materials make his works stand out and look exciting. What appeals to me about his work is its mythical, mystical and colourful style. Any art that tells stories will be interesting to look and this is a fact I like. His reminds me of the things that are often described as 'ornate' such as intricately carved frames, antiques, ornaments, things that surprise you by their detail. Shaw was born in Calcutta on the outskirts of India into a family of carpenters and was raised a Muslim. Religion was an influence to him from the day he was born, he became a Muslim educated by a Hindu teacher at a Christian School. This range of religion influencing from a young age could inspire, yet a child being exposed to all these conflicting religions could have offered contradictions within a mind. It is easy to see how his Indian upbringing has influenced his later work, his use of all things delicate and pretty is heavy, the rhinestones, glitter, colour and much more would have all been influenced by Indian tradition. ...read more.


These outlines create a slightly raised up barrier, to which pools of enamel and metallic paints are poured into and then manipulated to the desired effect with a porcupine quill, which creates the numerous minute details in his paintings, especially on elements such as coral, feathers and flowers. As this type of paint dries so fast, only small areas of his paintings can be worked on at once, these being built up section by section. Finally, Shaw embellishes the paintings with tiny Swarovski crystals. He often paints long into the night, rarely leaving his studio and keeping his music and dogs as company. The artists home however, is only a flight of stairs away underneath the studio. Shaw is known to be influenced by a range of different things, materials, paintings, textures and more. His ties with Indian and English culture visibly influence his paintings heavily. Indian culture has left him taking inspiration from Asiatic and Arabic d�cor, such as kimono textiles, antique rugs, Persian jewellery and Japanese woodcuts. The technique of outlining in gold is similar to 'cloisonn�', an ancient technique used for decorating metalwork objects, mainly used in Asia for jewellery or small clothes fittings. ...read more.


His work ranges, although being all in the same style, from historically influenced paintings to one's that are to him, biographical. The painting of Anne of Cleves, in which the historical story goes Henry VIII was to be married to his fourth wife whom he had seen a picture of and decided to claim her as his wife. However, on arrival from France, she did not look at all like her picture and was extremely ugly. Henry VIII could not get out of marrying her, but divorced her as quickly as was possible. Shaw has manipulated her portrait so she resembles a monster with other faces spawning out of her. I enjoy Shaw's art mainly for its appearance but it is also a good element that relates back to my direction, he portrays stories of his life from his subconscious in his paintings. Although these stories may not be distinguishable to the public, the public can still appreciate his work for its beauty. Also, the meaning is still there for him, he understands what he was painting about even if it is not obvious. He has utterly mastered his own technique of painting and his technique is appealing to the eye, despite the underlying visions of more dark activities occurring within them http://gaysifamily.com/2010/12/01/artist-profile-raqib-shaw-part-1-by-sharmistha-ray/ http://whitecube.com/artists/raqib_shaw/ http://artasiapacific.com/Magazine/56/RaqibShawWhereIWork http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/art/art-reviews/5308712/Raqib-Shaw-conjuror-of-magical-worlds.html http://artasiapacific.com/Magazine/65/RaqibShaw ...read more.

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