Siddiq Khan

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About the Artist

Siddiq Khan was born in Guyana and raised in Canada and London. He received a Diploma of Fine Art at the Byam Shaw School of Art in London and has continued studying at the Pratt Institute of Art and Design, Brooklyn, NY, and College of Santa Fe, NM.

Siddiq Khan: Topography

Siddiq Khan merges philosophical notions of artistic intention and the process of art making as a journey, by taking visual inspiration from maps. The Path series explores the idea of a circular journey, that, wherever you are, you are at the center of your own story. Spiral forms in bold colors that subtly blend with a map-like, patchwork visual field suggest that the journey takes precedence over place, incorporating the idea of place into the larger idea of the search for completeness. The linear spirals emanate outward from a center but can be thought of as extending beyond the edge of the picture frame. By building up layers of acrylic paint over collaged drawings and maps of areas around Abiquiu, New Mexico and Carson National Forrest, Khan creates a surface for the application of oil paints that are then scraped off and re-applied in a process that makes each layer transparent to the layer underneath it. The result is a surface balanced between tension and harmony, abstracted yet informed by figurative sources.

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Siddiq Khan is a versatile artist who works with ceramic sculpture,drawing and painting. Layering and attention to surface characterize both his two-dimensional and three-dimensional works. In Khan’s recent paintings, he deconstructs figurative drawings on paper and reassembles them on canvas. He then works and reworks the imagery into abstraction by painting over the collaged drawings, thus disfiguring or transfiguring the figure. As he states, “ I start with drawing.These linear markings become an investigation that translates observations and thoughts into visual possibilities: fragments of discovery,beginning and ending, yet continuous.” Ultimately, a geometric structure--usually in the form of a circle or grid--comes to define his compositions.”

Similarly, Khan’s ceramic sculptures employ glazes, acrylic paints and incising to create rich and complex textures on the overlaid surfaces of the geometric clay forms. Despite the numerous layers, in both paintings and sculptures, the layering actually serves to simplify the overall effect of the work by creating a geometric substructure that, as Khan explains,” imposes a visual logic, paradoxically clarifying and obscuring the underlying images.”

Laura Addison, former curator, Museum of Art Fine, Santa Fe NM


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