Saad Qureshi’s practice draws on the ineffability of lived experience: the processes by which we interpret objects and landscapes, and how memory itself processes them over time.
His sculptures give form to the ideas or stories by which we give meaning to human existence.
Qureshi lives and works in London and Oxford. He received his BA in Fine Art from Oxford Brookes University in 2007 and an MFA in Painting from The Slade School of Fine Art, London, in 2010.
Recent solo exhibitions include Yorkshire Sculpture Park, Wakefield; Nature Morte Gallery, New Delhi; Aicon Gallery, New York; and Gazelli Art House, London. Group exhibitions include the Aga Khan Centre Gallery, London; I'Institut des Cultures d'Islam, Paris; Museum Arnhem, Netherlands; Kunsthall 3,14, Bergen; Drawing Room, London; and White Project Gallery, Paris.
Winner of The Frieze and The OWO Sculpture Prize, Convocation is on view at Raffles London at The OWO. Also in 2023, Saad Qureshi was commissioned to realise a permanent Organ Donor Memorial for the Royal London Hospital at Whitechapel. He has had public commissions at Oxford Brookes University, Oxford and Victoria, London and his work has been acquired by public collections including the Dipti Mathur Collection, California; The Farjam Foundation Collection, Dubai; the UNESCO Creative Cities Collection, Beijing; The Kiran Nadar Museum of Art, New Delhi; the Bagri Foundation, London; and the Almarkhiya Gallery, Qatar as well as British and international private collections.
Qureshi was shortlisted for the 2021 SkyArts LANDMARKS public art commission. He has received four ACE awards; the Celeste Prize, Rome; the Royal Society of British Sculptors bursary award; the Red Mansion Foundation Prize; and he was shortlisted for the Lecturis Award, Amsterdam.
Saad Qureshi is a Trustee of the Yorkshire Sculpture Park.
He features in Thames & Hudson’s 100 Sculptors of Tomorrow.
His solo exhibition for the Djanogly Gallery at Nottingham University’s Lakeside Arts opens in January 2024.
“One of our most pensive and poetic artists.”
Laura Cumming, The Observer
“Qureshi has created his own uncanny world of apparently ‘real’ things that confound the apparent logics of time, space, scale and material. Through his great technical virtuosity… he presents us with his own special world of unconstrained imaginative potential and invites us to participate on our own terms.”
Martin Kemp, Professor of Art History at Oxford University