Young artist to watch .. Mohammed Qasim Ashfaq

Mohammed Qasim Ashfaq is an emerging Scottish artist with a forthcoming exhibition at Hannah Barry Gallery – ‘Black Sun’.

Mohammed-Qasim-Ashfaq portrait

His practice merges painting; sculpture an installation with a fascination in geometric patterns and planes, expressed in a monochromatic scheme, which serves to heighten the angular shapes and forms.

For this show he had created a monumental orbital drawing executed directly on the wall in shimmering polished graphite, creating an impression of infinite vastness, of nothingness beyond surface and reflection.

Whereas his sculptural pieces are angular, with seemingly razor pointed tips, with forms and lines interacting and reacting. They tend to vast and the scale adds to the awe factor. Their titles such as ‘Mass’ or ‘Falling Stars’ point to his interest in the cosmos and the dark unfathomable entity of space.

The artist is known for his play on symmetry, delighting in the off tones of black, creating a distinctive form of minimalist abstraction that oscillates on the eye. It is an art that is deceptively simple, refined and elegant.

Modammed Qasim Ashfaq Black Hole III

Qasim Ashfaq cites aspects of Islamic architecture as an influence in terms of geometry… As he states, ’but I’m not competing with that aesthetic. My materials are mirrored steel and graphite, I want to get rid of the oblique nature of ornamentation. I want pure form, I like it plain to see.’

The artist has been cited by the FT as the great hope of British sculpture and is featured on permanent display at ‘ROD’, curated by Sir Norman Rosenthal, Embassy Gardens in 2015, last year he was in ‘It’s Me to the World’, with Marina Abramovic, Dorothy Cross, Richard Long, Hannah Rickards and Corin Sworn at Modern Art Oxford, UK. As well as ‘What’s up 2.0’, curated by Lawrence van Hagen, 94 Portland Place, London.

Modammed Qasim Ashfaq FALLING-STARS
Modammed Qasim Ashfaq FALLING STARS

About Ben Austin

Ben Austin studied History of Art at Reading University. He started Catto Contemporary in Shoreditch where he was responsible for helping to launch the careers of several artists and showed Anthony Micallef and Banksy in a curated exhibition entitled ‘Perverse Pop’ back in 2001. Austin has worked at Art Review, before setting himself up as an independent curator and through Austin Enterprises he staged the legendary Frieze opening night show/party entitled ‘Decadence, Decay and the Demimonde’ at Home House in 2007, which featured art on loan from the Saatchi Gallery (Marcus Harvey, Liz Neal and Barry Reigate). He has also curated exhibition at the Blouin Foundation – ‘After Dark’ series, featuring acclaimed artists such as Alice Anderson. He has been on the judging panel for the ‘Young Masters’ prize. More recently he curated ‘Art Britannia’ during Miami Basel featuring a collection of contemporary British artists and acted as the initial curator and advisor the The Dot Project Gallery in Fulham. Ben Austin acts as an art advisor and dealer. He writes for numerous publications including Artlyst and FAD.