Noor Ali Chagani (b.1982, Pakistan) received his BS Degree in Computer Science in Karachi and then later BFA in Miniature Painting from National College of Arts, Lahore. Chagani has since exhibited in solo and group exhibitions in notable institutions around the world, including Stanford University Cantor Arts Center, California; Katonah Museum of Art, New York; Abrons Arts Center, New York; Institut du Monde Arabe, France; Casa Arabe, Spain; Victoria and Albert museum, United Kingdom; Pacific Asia Museum, California; and the Devi Art Foundation, India among others. Chagani was nominated for the Victoria and Albert Museum's prestigious Jameel Art Prize in 2011. He was awarded with guest residency in Rijks Academy, Netherlands in 2012, Riwaq Art Space residency in Bahrain 2013, and the Jameel Prize residency in Victoria and Albert Museum in 2017. Chagani’s artwork has been featured in numerous publications such as Los Angeles Times, Asia Pacific Arts, L'Optimum n°23, Global Citizen 13 magazine, Nafas Art Magazine and several daily local newspapers. Recently he was featured in Blouin Modern Painters NY among other ‘Top Emerging Artists to Watch in 2018’. The artist lives and works in Lahore, Pakistan.
CROSSING LINES _ 2019
This body of work is about my personal experiences. It is about the lines, about the grey spaces, the dark structures and about the mark making. Structures that are in a state of transition, leaving traces and marks during their journey. Their visibility is temporary – almost disappearing. These objects are temporary, they do not exist for long; by making them, I freeze them in their contemporary state and immortalize them.
GRAINS OF SAND _ 2014
My work revolves around the concept of absence of home. In most of my work I found my self in search of small piece of land, to whom I can call mine. Being a broken home child I feel very close to the idea of home, family and personal space. My interest towards architecture is also evident in my work. Bricks hold a significant place in my work, for me bricks represents all my feelings, it act as a building unit of my dreams. Their small size makes them personal to me. They act as a transforming unit in the transformation of a miniature painters thoughts in to a sculpture. Their repetitive use refers to the idea of building up a miniature painting with thousands of tiny brush strokes.
Noor Ali Chagani and Quratul ain Shams
Concrete and water color
27.75 X 18.75 X 3 Inches
NOT EVERYONE TALKS _ 2013