nusra + naeem

Nusra Latif Qureshi is exhibiting new work Exotic Bodies and lectures, with Naeem Rana’s Heavenly Products at the Counihan Gallery in Brunswick from 1st July. I met Nusra when we were both students at Victorian College of the Arts. Between them, they represent the avant-garde of contemporary Pakistan art.

Nusra Latif Qureshi was born in Pakistan in 1973. Qureshi is one of a select group of artists to specialize in miniature painting at the National College of Arts in Lahore, Pakistan, a reservoir of the traditional South Asian technique. She has also trained with Indian masters of miniature painting Shami Patel in Jaipur and Mahavir Swami in New Delhi. Qureshi was awarded a UNESCO Fellowship, and residencies at Art OMI International Arts Center, New York, and 18th Street Arts Complex in Santa Monica. She has taught at the National College of Arts in Lahore and produced illustrations for the University of California Press, Nestle, Simorgh Publications, DS Textiles, the National Language Authority in Islamabad, Pakistan, and The Friday Times, Lahore. She has also exhibited widely, in solo shows in Australia and Pakistan, and in a number of groups shows in Australia, Pakistan, the United States, and India.

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Naeem Rana was born in Lahore Pakistan. He received a B.F.A. from the National College of Arts in Lahore and an M.F.A. from the Victorian College of Arts in Melbourne, Australia. Rana was trained from the age of twelve by his father in the discipline of lahori khat, a regional style of Urdu calligraphy practiced in his family for seven generations. His training also includes experience in commercial metalworking, screen-printing, stone carving, and graphic design. He was commissioned by the government of Pakistan to produce two murals in 1998-1999, and he has exhibited in Australia, Pakistan, and the United States. He currently resides in Melbourne, Australia.