The Fantastical Paintings of Raqib Shaw

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Raqib Shaw is an Indian-born artist, based in London. He is known for his intricately detailed paintings depicting imaginary paradises. Shaw’s fantastical paintings are, in part, influenced by the disputed territory of Kashmir in northern India, which Shaw has described as “paradise on earth”. The artist was born in Kashmir and grew up in the region, but when a civil war broke out in 1989, Muslim fundamentalists forced the Hindu population (which Shaw belonged to) to leave. Shaw’s exile from his homeland and his longing for Kashmir is portrayed by his paintings, which often illustrate the idyllic, lush, and mountainous scenery typical of Kashmir.

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Originally published at on May 12, 2020.

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