Classification:Drawing and Watercolour
Materials:Watercolour, Wasli paper
Credit:Presented by the Contemporary Art Society, 2013
Ownership history:Purchased from the Corvi-Mora Gallery, London by the Contemporary Art Society, 23 October 2013; presented to Gallery Oldham, 2013
Gallery Oldham were keen to acquire a recent work that represents the development of Qureshi’s practice from traditionally-worked, small-format miniature paintings. This Leprous Brightness is one of a series that resulted from witnessing the aftermath of a terrorist explosion in Lahore. Qureshi’s bloody footprint has a visceral power in itself but on closer inspection it becomes apparent that the work depicts plant life within the footprints, hinting at the possibility of life emerging out of devastation and making reference to Qureshi’s background and training as a miniature artist.
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