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Harf I,

Archival ink, gouache and tea stain on hot-press archival board 25.0 × 20.0 cm

Qayyum applies her mastered traditional miniaturist painting techniques to convey contemporary socio-political concepts while evolving her art practice. This series demonstrates the precision of her neo-miniaturist influence, yet also reveals her inclination toward pushing boundaries in scale and the use of unconventional materials.

Tazeen Qayyum

About the Artist

Tazeen Qayyum (b. 1973, Karachi) is a Pakistani-Canadian multidisciplinary artist based in Oakville, known for her exploration of identity, belonging, and displacement. Trained in South Asian and Persian miniature traditions, Qayyum employs diverse mediums, including drawing, installation, sculpture, video, and performance, to delve into complex socio-political issues within the diaspora, reflecting on the interplay of identity and beliefs.

Qayyum holds a BFA in Visual Arts from the National College of Arts Lahore and has showcased her art in solo exhibitions at Oakville Galleries, and in group exhibitions at the Art Gallery of Ontario and the Royal Ontario Museum. Additionally, her pieces are part of permanent public collections including the TD Canada Trust Permanent Collection and the National Art Gallery, Nepal.

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