Suleman Aqeel Khilji
Suleman Aqeel 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. In March 2016, Suleman was awarded Vasl Single Artist Residency in collaboration with IVS Karachi, And later in August 2016, he was a part of Murree Museum’s Artist Residency. He has been displaying his work across Pakistan, and has also exhibited in group shows in France and UK. His solo shows are “See View” at IVS Gallery, Karachi and “Inayat and Others” at Sanat Gallery, Karachi. His selected group and two person shows include “Pahore” (Ecole de Beaux Art Paris) , “Four and Other Elements”(Canvas Gallery, Karachi), “Overcast” (IVS Gallery, Karachi) and “Second Glance/Double Take” (SOAS, London). 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.