Idris Khan (British, b.1978) is a Contemporary artist. He uses photography, scanning, and other artistic techniques to create portraits, sculptures, videos, and other installations. His most recognized works include Seven Times, a large-scale sculpture installation, and Last Three Piano Sonatas...after Franz Schubert, a video installation. He has used publications such as the Qur'an, sheet music from classic composers such as Beethoven, and postcards from William Turner (English, 1789–1862) to create large masterpieces that can be found in galleries throughout the world. One of his most famous series is the Becher on Becher series, which are shadowed pencil sketches of industrial buildings. Khan graduated from the University of Derby in 2000 and pursued an MA at the Royal College of Art in 2004.
Khan's installations and portraits can be found in collections all over the world, in galleries such as the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the Saatchi Collection in London, the Tel Aviv Museum of Art, the Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York, the Art Gallery of New South Wales in Sydney, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, and the de Young Museum in San Francisco. Khan has shown his work on an international scale in some of the most famous museums in the world. He has been showcased at the Victoria Miro Gallery in London, the Saatchi Gallery in London, the Musée de l'Élysée in Switzerland, and the Taidehalli in Helsinki.
Khan was also the artist selected to create the cover art for the Editors' album An End Has a Start. Most recently, the British Museum in London commissioned him to create a new wall drawing for Hajj: Journey to the Heart of Islam, a new exhibition. The artist is represented by the Galerie Thomas Schulte in Berlin, the Sean Kelly Gallery in New York, the Yvon Lambert Gallery in Paris, the Victoria Miro Gallery in London, and the Fraenkel Gallery in San Francisco. He currently lives and works in London.