Reinventing the Old Masters

19 May28 October 2018


Raqib Shaw’s imagery is inspired by the Old Masters, but he paints with enamels, using a needle-sharp porcupine quill. Breathtaking in their intricacy, complexity and flamboyant colour, they are the product of months, often years of intense work.

Eight works by Raqib Shaw are on display alongside two paintings which have long obsessed him: Joseph Noel Paton’s The Quarrel of Oberon and Titania, 1849 and Lucas Cranach’s An Allegory of Melancholy, 1528. In 2016, Shaw painted a loose variant of Paton’s extraordinary fairy picture and his version after the Cranach painting has been in progress for some months and was finished just in time for the display. This is the first time Shaw’s work has been exhibited in Scotland.

Raqib Shaw: Reinventing the Old Masters, National Galleries of Scotland 2018.

Installation photograph courtesy Scottish National Gallery

Artworks photographed by George Darrell, Ben Westoby, Ellen Kayley Broughton, Tom Powell, Stephen White and Prudence Cuming Associates Ltd

Exhibition Artworks

Allegory of Melancholy (After Lucas Cranach the Elder), 2018

Self Portrait as The Opium Smoker (A Midsummer Night’s Dream), 2016

Act 3 in the Organ Room at Glyndebourne (Die Meistersinger), 2016

Self Portrait in the Sculpture Studio at Peckham (After Gerolamo Mocetto) II, 2016

Kashmir Danaë, 2016

Last Rites of Artist’s Ego at Shankryacharya Temple (After Ludivico Mazzolino), 2016

The Adoration (After Jan Gosseart), 2015

The Purification of the Temple (After Marcello Venusti) II, 2015