“Ways To Escape” was a small mixed media exhibition at 2022NQ, a small gallery space in Manchester’s Northern Quarter. The exhibition was only a week long (14th – 23rd March 2013) – I caught it on the last day and glad I did. Above are my favorite works from the show, I love the neon ladder falling from the ceiling and the medical drip had headphones attached – which put you straight into a hospital bedside intensive care scenario!
Raqib Shaw is an Indian-born, London-based artist who shot to fame in the international art world at the age of 33.
His opulent paintings and sculptures evoke the work of Old Masters such as Holbein and Bosch in their treatment of often unsettling subjects. But they also reflect the ornate style of Persian miniatures and Kashmiri and Japanese textiles. Beneath their beautiful jewel-like surface is a collection of dark and violent images inspired by ancient myths and religious tales from both East and Western tradition.