Suleman Aqeel Khilji’s solo show ‘Landswept’ opens at the Sanat Initiative on the 26th of December 2017.
‘Khilji (born 1985, Quetta) lives and works in Lahore, Pakistan. Suleman was one of the students selected for a student exchange program to Ecole de Beaux Art Paris in 2009, awarded the medal for outstanding achievement in 2010 and went on to achieve a Distinction in painting in 2011 from National College of Arts Lahore, Pakistan. He has been displaying his work across Pakistan, and has also exhibited in group shows in France and UK. He was a part of Murree Museum’s Artist Residency and Vasl single artist residency programme in 2016 and has previously exhibited in a successful solo show “Inayat & Others” at Sanat Gallery in March 2015. Suleman takes a research/process based approach to art-making; working with various mediums and by collaborating drawing, painting, printmaking, and digital techniques. His interest in drawing and photography leads him to use film stills, images from art history, and press shots as the basis for painting, and to locate the boundary of abstraction and figuration in enlarged images. Suleman’s works are part of prestigious collections such as DIL Foundation New York, Shahrukh Khan Collection and Luciano Benetton Collection.
In his current body of work, Suleman has examined the process of painting and how a figure is continuously moving in transitional space; a transitional space of a drawing, watercolour and lastly oil on linen’.- Sanat Initiative.