Fahd Burki - Residency at Edinburgh Printmakers
14 October 2013
Ghost, 2012, acrylics and pencil on paper 52 x 38 cm.
Contemporary artist Fahd Burki, winner of the 2013 John Jones Art on Paper Award at Art Dubai, will be in residence at Edinburgh Printmakers during autumn 2013, taking full advantage of their excellent range of resources to develop exciting new works on paper!
Born in Pakistan in 1981, Fahd became the first artist from his country to graduate from the Royal Academy of Art, London in 2010 and now lives and works in the city of Lahore. Known for handmade works on paper, Fahd uses a variety of acrylic, charcoal, marker pens and collage to create geometric forms and sharp lines more commonly associated with graphic digital art. His works frequently contain abstract fields with a dominating form influenced by folk art and science fiction, and is now represented by the renowned Dubai gallery Grey Noise.
Murtaza Vali says the result of Fahd’s work is “a series of always playful, at times menacing icons or symbols harvested from a personal mythology of the present, at once disconcertingly familiar and completely novel.”
The team behind the residency is The Scottish Print Network, a partnership between Dundee Contemporary Arts, Edinburgh Printmakers, Glasgow Print Studio, Highland Print Studio and Peacock Visual Arts. The network developed a project titled ‘Below another sky’, which invited 10 artists from Scotland and 10 from Commonwealth countries to undertake research residencies in the country. The residencies culminate with a group exhibition of the new work produced, set to take place during the 2014 Commonwealth Games at Glasgow Print Studios. This promises to be a superb exhibition of innovative print works not to be missed.