Born 1982 Akhtarabad, Pakistan
Lives and works in
Waqas Khan creates large, abstract compositions with painstakingly repeated patterns and motifs. By experimenting with the physical process of drawing, he makes intricate works using a rapidograph, a high-precision architectural tool. The drawings consist of carefully repeated lines and dots, which, once connected together, emerge as geometric shapes with an organic or cellular appearance. Khan works on wasli paper, traditionally used in miniature painting, which is sufficiently thick to bear the weight required for the artist to control each line with two hands using the rapidograph. The process is a strongly physical one, yet the resulting drawings appear light and meditative.