Raqib Shaw, From Narcissus to Icarus (After Déjeuner sur l’herbe), 2017-2019, acrylic liner and enamel on Birch wood, 60-5/8" × 71-5/8" (154 cm × 182 cm) 62" × 73-1/8" × 2-13/16" (157.5 cm × 185.7 cm × 7.2 cm), frame © Raqib Shaw

Raqib Shaw



b. 1974, Calcutta


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Raqib Shaw (b. 1974, Calcutta) is known for opulent and intricately detailed paintings of fantastical worlds, often with surfaces inlaid with vibrantly colored jewels and painted in enamel.

His works reveal an eclectic fusion of influences—from Persian carpets and Northern Renaissance painting to industrial materials and Japanese lacquerware—and are often developed in series from literary, art historical, and mystical sources. Shaw has had solo exhibitions at Tate Britain, London (2006); The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York (2008); Manchester Art Gallery (2013); Galerie Rudolfinum, Prague (2013), and the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, Edinburgh (2018). His exhibition at The Whitworth Art Gallery, The University of Manchester, United Kingdom (2017) was reimagined for the Dhaka Art Summit, Bangladesh, in 2018. Shaw’s first traveling museum retrospective, Ballads of East and West, is on view at the Frist Art Museum in Nashville through December 31, 2023. Ballads of East and West will travel to the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston in February 2024, and it will remain on view there through May 12, 2024. Following its run in Boston, the show will be presented at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, and finally at the Huntington Library, Art Museum and Botanical Gardens in Southern California.


Raqib Shaw, The Martyrdom of Icarus (After Honthorst and Carracci), 2018-2019, acrylic liner and enamel on Birch wood, 35-3/4" × 47-1/8" × 2-1/8" (90.8 cm × 119.7 cm × 5.4 cm), 37-1/4" × 48-5/8" × 2-7/8" (94.6 cm × 123.5 cm × 7.3 cm), frame © Raqib Shaw


Raqib Shaw, Three Graces, 2019, acrylic, graphite, and enamel on paper, 11-13/16" × 16-9/16" (30 cm × 42.1 cm), image, 14-5/16" × 19" × 1-1/2" (36.4 cm × 48.3 cm × 3.8 cm), frame © Raqib Shaw