Asif Hoque: Limited Edition Print

  • Asif Hoque 'My Baby', 2022 Archival Pigment Print with screen-printed finishes on Hahnemühle German Etching 310gsm paper 48.26 x 60.96...

    Asif Hoque

    'My Baby', 2022
    Archival Pigment Print with screen-printed finishes on Hahnemühle German Etching 310gsm paper
    48.26 x 60.96 cm / 19 x 24 inches
    Edition of 50 + 5 APs
    £1,500 + VAT

     

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  • Asif Hoque (b. 1991, Italy) is known for his exploration and celebration of Brown bodies through epic mythological scenes, in which angelic figures and ancient beasts erupt from raw linen canvas and swirling clouds to claim space and reverence.

     

    To ensure that collectors’ experience reflects that of encountering his paintings, Hoque has chosen to stay true to the original oil on canvas work in both scale and appearance. Featuring what he considers to be key themes that run throughout his practice – including areas of deliberately exposed linen canvas, the recurring motif of the winged Cupid figure, and attention to Brown and Black skin tones - this hybrid pigment print echoes the process behind, and materiality of, his paintings.

    The choice of Hahnemühle German Etching textured paper with hand-torn edges replicates the feel of raw linen canvas, whilst additional screen-printed layers in varying finishes highlight Hoque’s considered application of paint in sheer, ethereal layers and signature swirls, as well as his restrained yet nuanced palette of neutral tones. Light dances off the pearlised ink layers on the wings, whilst glossy eyes charm and draw the viewer in.

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  • About the artist About the artist

    Asif Hoque (b. 1991, Italy) is known for his exploration and celebration of Brown bodies through epic mythological scenes, in which angelic figures and ancient beasts erupt from raw linen canvas and swirling clouds to claim space and reverence. 

     

    As a Bangladeshi immigrant raised between Rome and South Florida, Hoque draws on his own experience to figuratively and stylistically merge aspects of multicultural identity within his painting practice. Combining his early fascination with the classical fine arts with a palette of earthy browns and neutrals, Hoque infers the importance of more diverse representation of skin colour in the visual arts. 

     

    The contemporary merges with the ancient in Hoque’s romantic and dramatised narratives, tapping into to the timeless and universal penchant for great story-telling. In his lauded series, Lover’s Rock, Italian Renaissance painting traditions set the scene with familiar backdrops of winged deities and cupids with nocked bows engaging in divine duties from converging clouds. Snarling lions enter the stage as symbols of bravery in many cultures, including Bangladesh, whilst the mighty horses upon which the protagonists ride pay homage to the distinctive Bankura horse native to West Bengal. In referencing both Western and South Asian art historical canons, Hoque creates spaces within which broader racial representation and cultural hybridity can manifest.

     

    Asif Hoque lives and works in Brooklyn, New York. Recent solo exhibitions include: Half Gallery (LA), Yossi Milo Gallery (NYC), Taymour Grahne Projects (London), Mindy Solomon (Miami), and New Image Art Gallery (Los Angeles).

     

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