The exhibitions at Newlyn Art Gallery and The Exchange offer visitors deeper insight into Qureshi's work. The exhibition at Newlyn is quiet and reflective, presenting new and existing works, many on paper, reflecting Qureshi's mastery of the processes and devices of Muhgal Miniature painting, but also the confidence with which he subverts them.
For the single large gallery space at The Exchange, Qureshi has devised an installation where, characteristically, painted imagery spills from large canvases, across wall and floors. Appropriately this work reflects on the galleries relationship with the sea and plays with traditional devices in miniature painting to represent water in different states, reflective pools; rippling sea; falling as rain.
James Green, Gallery Director: “We are indebted to Imran for realising such an ambitious and deeply considered project across three locations in West Cornwall and to the extraordinary openness of the team at Truro Cathedral to enabling this important contemporary art commission to happen. The resulting artworks respond to the particularity of our sites in Newlyn and Penzance, specifically their direct relationship to the sea. For Truro Cathedral, Imran sensitively reflects on wider geo-political issues, the commission becomes a catalyst for unprecedented and constructive interfaith debate in the city.”
As part of the project Qureshi was invited to make a temporary work for an offsite location. The resulting piece will occupy part of the nave of Truro Cathedral for the first three weeks of July. It will be vast in scale, occupying much of the south aisle and spilling over rows of pews in the nave. The work will be constructed from 30,000 A2 crumpled, printed sheets carrying images devised by Qureshi and will be installed by a team of ten, working over four days under his guidance and in full public gaze.
Lindy Sketch, Events & Property Manager for Truro Cathedral said: “Imran’s work will examine themes and images common to the Islam and Christian faiths and we are very much looking forward to inspiring conversation and debate about the ideas our faiths share.”