26/07/2023 - 22/09/2023
Contemporary - Painting
Shaan Syed - Extended Family
Vardaxoglou Gallery is pleased to present a solo exhibition with London-based painter Shaan Syed. This is the artist’s first solo exhibition with Vardaxoglou Gallery.
The exhibition brings together a group of previously unseen large-scale paintings made between 2016 and 2021, showing the development of Syed’s unique visual language. Creating a tension between the graphic lines of flat hard-edge abstraction and gestural mark-making, Syed’s approach to painting is one of decoding and re-contextualising visual signs and references drawn from European and American post-war painting, married with those of his own personal experience and cultural background.
As the son of a Pakistani Muslim father and a British Protestant mother, growing up in Canada, Syed's practice explores the meanings of holding certain identities and their consequent influences for creating and looking at painting.