Waseem Ahmed

Contempory Miniature Painter

“Silver Bullet”

“Silver Bullet”,Solo Show,Lauren Delaye Gallery, London

22 January – 27 February 2010


video link of BBC: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P_QhD3ZujFA

Press release for the show

Pakistan is a country that is often in the headlines, mostly for the wrong reasons. The media has a tendency to neglect the deep culture of this South Asian country and focus on its current bloody struggle. One certainly cannot deny the extreme socio-political turmoil that is shaping and threatening Pakistan’s future. However, as a consequence of this there has been an emergence of a new generation of artists and writers that seek to unravel the complexities of the status quo.

The Taliban and other fundamentalist groups are not often the central subject of works of art. Waseem Ahmed’s extraordinary series of miniatures turn this traditional taboo upside-down.

Ahmed’s work is uncompromising, yet his treatment of this subject is particularly nuanced.  Mullah figures are delicately painted like saints or princes, their features refined, their expressions filled with inner peace.  Figures of covered women are everywhere.  It is a world of desire and fulfillment within the transient reality of life on earth.

The latter, however, is made of mud and blood.  Waseem Ahmed succeeds beautifully in presenting the collision of these two contradicting worlds. He presents the current compost of atrocities as a parallel psychological landscape to the Paradise that is so violently desired.

His language deliberately uses the precision of the Mughal classical art on paper to suspend his subjects in this paradoxical present. Waseem Ahmed’s work combines a traditional medium with controversial subjects and reclaims the original function of miniatures: as chronicles of contemporary social issues.

This is Waseem Ahmed’s first solo exhibition in the UK. Ahmed was born in 1976 and is a graduate of the National College of Arts in Lahore.

  • Write up for the show by Gemma Sharpe  s200_gemma.sharpe
  • Review: This is Tomorrow, contemporary art magazine


  • Review: Saatchi Art


Images from the Opening of the Show











4 comments on ““Silver Bullet”

  1. lahOre and mOre
    August 17, 2015

    your biggest fan

    Liked by 1 person

  2. George Koruth
    September 24, 2015

    Your work is so powerful, it shows your concern for your beautiful country. I’m going to regularly follow your work.

    Liked by 1 person

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