An image of ON THE EDGES OF DARKNESS - I

Nusra Latif Qureshi

(Australia, Pakistan 1973 – )

ON THE EDGES OF DARKNESS - I

Location
Not on display
Further information

These powerful paintings have a dominant green field, a colour with which the artist feels a particular affinity. Against this background sparingly painted golden figures balance, sourced from 19th century photographs of acrobatic performers by Lala Deen Dayal (known as Raja Deen Dayal). In On the edges of darkness I 2016 a woman dominates a lion, while in On the edges of darkness II 2016 acrobats stand on each other’s shoulders. Each balancing art required skill, concentration and expertise as the performers entertained on the streets, in the courts and for the colonists. A black shape in these works conveys a sense of loss, the edges of darkness of the title. The wounded snow leopard and the horse cut off by the edge of the work are both borrowed from early miniatures and here, removed from the context in which they were first painted, have an unexplained sense of violence.

Year
2016
Media
Painting, Mixed media painting
Medium
acrylic, gouache, gold leaf and ink on illustration board
Dimensions
38.0 x 50.0 cm
Credit
Art Gallery of New South Wales, Bulgari Art Award 2019
Accession number
203.2019
Copyright
© Nusra Latif Qureshi