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Etching - Raindrops and Riders

Raindrops and Riders

  • Object:

    Etching

  • Place of origin:

    London (made)

  • Date:

    1988 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Shah, Jamal, born 1956 (maker)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Coloured etching from a single plate, ink on paper

  • Museum number:

    IS.60-1988

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Jamal Shah was born in 1956 in Quetta, Balochistan, Pakistan. The artist established the Fine Arts Department at the University of Balochistan and headed the department for three years. In 1985 he formed the Artists Association of Balochistan and became the first Chairman of Artists Association of Pakistan. Jamal obtained a Master's in English Literature from Balochistan University in 1978. He later obtained a Masters in Fine Arts from the Slade School of Art, London.

In this coloured etching the artist has represented two nude male figures on mutilated wooden horses riding in a merry go round. Below on the left, is a geometric diagram representing the game 'Qitar'. The artist has suggested that the work represents 'hope' in the face of aimless despair.

Physical description

Print, ink on paper, coloured etching from a single plate, two nude male figures on mutilated wooden horses ride in a merry go round suggesting 'aimlessness, never getting anywhere, absurdity but a hope that something good may turn up'. The falling rain partly suggests blood. Below the left hand figure is a geometric diagram representing the game 'Qitar'.

Place of Origin

London (made)

Date

1988 (made)

Artist/maker

Shah, Jamal, born 1956 (maker)

Materials and Techniques

Coloured etching from a single plate, ink on paper

Marks and inscriptions

Signed and dated 'Jamal Shah 88' on lower right.

Dimensions

Height: 58 cm, Width: 76 cm

Object history note

The artist made this print along with several others in the collection while he was studying at the Slade School of Art. Gift from artist. Rp 88/1624

Descriptive line

Etching, 'Raindrops and riders' by Jamal Shah, prnted in ink on paper, London, 1988

Materials

Paper; Ink

Techniques

Printed

Subjects depicted

Figures; Rain

Categories

Prints; Paintings; Bonita Trust Indian Paintings Cataloguing Project

Collection

South & South East Asia Collection

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