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Drawing - Untitled


  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    United Kingdom (made)

  • Date:

    2004 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Shaw, Raqib, born 1974 (artist)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Pencil, car enamel spray paint and glitter on paper

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, room WS, case R, shelf 46, box R

Shaw was born in Kashmir where he was brought up in a family of carpet makers and Jamevar shawl traders but he has lived in London since the age of 16. His inspirations are diverse: they include Kashmiri shawls, Hieronymous Bosch, Japanese prints, Aubrey Beardsley, and natural history illustrations. Strands from all of these are drawn together here by a fine pencil line, embellished with car spray paint (the swirling patterns are achieved by careful application of a porcupine quill), and with glitter which he ground himself, using a domestic food-processor. His predominant subjects in recent work are metamorphosed creatures - half human, half animal - engaged in curious acts of sexual congress. His work is erotic, playful, and witty, but with an underlying seriousness - his imaginative cross-fertilisation of styles and sources references current concerns about genetic engineering, cloning, and mutations caused by environmental pollution.

Physical description

A flat paper work, mounted and framed. A fish like creature (a Ray?) lies diagonally across the picture plane. It is predominantly dark blue with turquoise glitter, and with a pink, penis-like projection from its head end, from which spurt blue and gold droplets. The fish appears to be lying over a human form, as legs and one arm are visible, and engaging in sexual congress with it. Also, from the head of the fish creature, attached to long black waving cords, are three placenta-like shapes, also in blue and gold. At the lower right two red and gold, globular shaped fish 'swim' to the right.The paper ground is white.

Place of Origin

United Kingdom (made)


2004 (made)


Shaw, Raqib, born 1974 (artist)

Materials and Techniques

Pencil, car enamel spray paint and glitter on paper

Marks and inscriptions

Signed and dated in pencil bottom left.


Height: 41.9 cm through glass, Width: 59.5 cm through glass

Descriptive line

'Untitled', drawing, pencil, car enamel spray paint and glitter on paper, Raqib Shaw, United Kingdom, 2003-4

Subjects depicted

Fish; Metamorphosis; Sexuality


Paintings; Drawings


Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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