oil on primed Khadi paper
17.75” x 14”
Estimate $1,400 framed
Courtesy of the artist and Bradley Ertaskiran Gallery
Shaan Syed’s work allegorizes relationships of difference and representation formally through abstraction. His paintings perform as graphic signs from afar—symbols that at first appear rigid and controlled, yet they reveal the hand, the gesture, and ultimately the specificity of the maker upon closer view. Layers of underpainting, the build-up of colour, the scratching away of thick impasto and the constant negotiation with surface and depth, bring the cultural and contextual experiences that have informed his work. Syed holds an MFA from Goldsmiths College and a diploma in Fine Arts from OCAD. Recent solo exhibitions have been presented at Bradley Ertaskiran (Montreal), FREEHOUSE (London), Kunsthalle Winterthur (Switzerland), noshowspace (London), and Michael Janssen Gallery (Berlin). He has participated in numerous group exhibitions in venues such as the Power Plant (Toronto), Aga Khan Museum (Toronto), Patrick De Brock (Knokke-Heist), Herrmann Germann Contemporary (Zurich) and David Roberts Art Foundation (London).