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Contemporary Miniatures


Nusra Latif Qureshi, Pakistan/Australia | Conversations II 2001 | Gouache and gold leaf on wasli paper | The Kenneth and Yasuko Myer Collection of Contemporary Asian Art. Purchased 2003 with funds from Michael Simcha Baevski through the Queensland Art Gallery Foundation

Contemporary Miniatures

'Contemporary Miniatures' is a collection-based exhibition drawn from the Queensland Art Gallery's fine holdings of miniature paintings from South Asia. The selection of works dating from the past decade explore the dynamic visual language of miniature painting and its continued significance in contemporary art practice. The formal elements of miniature painting - from the rigorous discipline and meticulous application required to its central narrative function - connect many of the artists in the exhibition. However, each artist employs a unique and innovative interpretation of the tradition.

Through the skillful rendering of abstraction and figuration, contemporary miniature artists today sample from historical events as well as vernacular culture to create evocative narratives that respond to the complexities of contemporary life. 'Contemporary Miniatures' includes works from the following artists: Khadim Ali, N.S. Harsha, Ali Kazim, Aisha Khalid, Surendran Nair & Jon Cattapan, Mohammad Imran Qureshi, Nusra Latif Qureshi, Bassam Rifai, Sangeeta Sandrasegar, Hossein & Angela Valamanesh, Mahreen Asif Zuberi and Saira Wasim.

The following resources are available for audiences to download and use:

pdf.gifExhibition brochure (1.2mb)
pdf.gifEducation kit (862kb)
pdf.gifArtist sheets (644kb)

Queensland tour venues and dates

Gladstone Regional Art Gallery & Museum
19 March – 7 May 2011

Toowoomba Regional Art Gallery
19 May – 26 June 2011

Artspace Mackay
2 July – 14 August 2011

Logan Art Gallery
9 November 2011 – 7 January 2012

Mundubbera Regional Art Gallery
14 January – 26 February 2012

Perc Tucker Regional Gallery
3 March – 29 April 2012

Gympie Regional Gallery
5 May – 16 June 2012

Outback Regional Gallery, Winton
25 June – 7 August 2012

Redcliffe City Art Gallery
15 September - 21 October 2012

For queries regarding Regional Queensland Touring exhibitions and programs please contact the Project Officer, Regional Services.
T: (07) 3840 7198