Lot 158 - Nasser Azam - Poppy (Blue-MMXXIII)
Unique hand embellished print with acrylic and oil on paper
Signed on Verso
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Nasser Azam (b. 1963, Jhelum, Pakistan) is a London-based contemporary artist. Nasser’s reputation was established in the early 1980s, with exhibitions at galleries in Birmingham and the West Midlands, including the Barber Institute of Fine Arts.
In 2007, after an extended period living and travelling in Japan, Europe and America, Nasser became Artist-in-Residence at County Hall Gallery, London, mounting a series of exhibitions of early and recent work, including the critically acclaimed Anatomica in April 2008. In the same year, his monumental abstract bronze, The Dance, was unveiled on London’s South Bank, opposite the Houses of Parliament. A series of projects that reflect Azam's interest in painting as a performance in extreme working conditions followed, from Zero Gravity (Star City, Moscow, 2008), to the freezing ice deserts of Antarctica (2010), where he completed 13 large-scale oil paintings, displayed in the Tokyo Metro, Japan and London Underground in 2011.
In 2012 Athena was unveiled at London City Airport; at 12 metres it is the tallest public bronze sculpture in the UK. This was followed by Evolutionary Loop 517, a six-metre bronze for the Sir Duncan Rice Library at Aberdeen University in 2013. Azam’s three-metre-high officially commissioned portrait painting of Malala Yousafzai, the Pakistani education activist, Nobel prize-winner and, was unveiled in 2015 at the Barber Institute of Fine Arts, Birmingham. In 2019, London’s Saatchi Gallery hosted Azam's largest and most comprehensive solo exhibition to date, displaying paintings inspired by his journey to Saiful Malook, near the mountains of Kashmir. Nasser’s work is included in numerous private and public collections, including the Ben Uri Gallery and Museum, Aberdeen University, Birmingham University, Zabludowicz Collection, The Sovereign Art Foundation and The Altamarea Group. He has also carried out commissioned work for the National Botanical Gardens, in Dublin.
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