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.

Timeline

1978
Born in Birmingham. England
1997–1998
Walsall College of Art and Technology, BTEC National Diploma Foundation in Art and Design, Walsall
1998–2000
BA Photography, First Class. The University of Derby
2002–2004
MFA with Distinction For Research. Royal College of Art, London
Research Posts and Awards
2004 Artist Lecture. The University of Derby.
2004 The Photographers’ Gallery Prize.
2004 Hooper’s Gallery Commission 2004.
2003 Part Time Visiting Lecturer The University of Derby.
2002 British Student ‘Tom Gower Award’ Institute of Photography.

Exhibitions

2012–2013
Photographs and Drawings, Galerie Thomas Schulte, Berlin, Germany (solo)
2012
Hajj: Journey to the Heart of Islam, The British Museum, London, United Kingdom
2012
RESISTANCE: Subverting the Camera, Fine Arts Society - Contemporary, London, England
2012
British Group Exhibition, London Arts Club, London, United Kingdom
2012
Idris Khan: The Devil’s Wall, The Whitworth Art Gallery, The University of Manchester, Manchester, England (solo)
2010–2011
No New Thing Under the Sun, Royal Academy of Arts, The Tennant Gallery, London, UK
2010
Haunted, Guggenheim Museum, New York
2010
Victoria Miro Gallery, London (solo)
2010
Victoria Miro Gallery, London (solo)
2009
Order from Chaos: Ori Gersh/Idris Khan/Boo Ritson, Convento de Santa Inés, Seville
2009
Natural Wonders: New Art from London, Baibakov Art Projects, Moscow
2009
Silent Writings, Espace Culturel Louis Vuitton, Paris
2009
The Collection, Victoria Miro Gallery, London
2009
Silent Writings, Espace Culturel Louis Vuitton, Paris, France
2009
Still Revolution: Suspended in Time, Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art, Toronto, Canada
2009
Kunsthaus Mürz, Mürzzuschlag, Austria
2008
Order from Chaos: Ori Gersh/Idris Khan/Boo Ritson, CAF-Andalusian Center of Photography, Spain
2008
Under Erasure, Temple Bar Gallery & Studios, Dublin, Ireland
2008
Bookish - When books become art, Lewis Glucksman Gallery, Cork, Ireland
2008
Sound of Art, Museum der Moderne Salzburg, Salzburg, Austria
2008
Fragile, 7 Howick Place, London, England (solo)
2008
Every…, K20, Dusseldorf (solo)
2008
Bury St Edmunds Art Gallery, England
2008
P2P, Casino Luxembourg, Forum d’art contemporain, Luxembourg
2008
Yours, Mine, Ours, University Gallery, University of Essex, Colchester
2008
Art Park, Art Dubai
2007
Mario Testino at Home (curated by Mario Testino), Yvon Lambert Gallery, New York
2007
All Tomorrow’s Pictures, ICA, London
2007
Yvon Lambert Gallery, New York (solo)
2007
Thomas Schulte Galerie, Berlin (solo)
2006
A Memory After Bach’s Cello Suites, film installation, Yvon Lambert Gallery, Paris (solo)
2006
A Memory After Bach’s Cello Suites, film installation, inIVA, London (solo)
2006
Victoria Miro Gallery, London (solo)
2006
Fraenkel Gallery, San Francisco (solo)
2006
Imposing Order: Contemporary Photography and the Archive, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art
2005
Something of the Night. Leeds City Gallery
2005
Andmoreagain, Open Eye Gallery, Liverpool
2005
To be continued… Helsinki Kunsthalle, Helsinki, Finland (British Council)
2005
Regeneration – 50 Photographers of Tomorrow, Musée de l’Elysée, Lausanne, Switzerland / Galleria Corso Como, Milan
2005
Young Masters, 148a St. John Street, London
2005
Photography 2005, Victoria Miro Gallery, London
2004
Photo Paris represented by The Photographers Gallery
2004
Project Space: ‘The Truth Society’ Northern Gallery of Contemporary Art, Sunderland
2004
Arrivals. Pump House Gallery, Battersea, London
2004
On The Edge, Hiscox Gallery, London
2004
Summer Show, Hoopers Gallery, Clerkenwell, London
2004
Show 1 MA, Royal College of Art
2004
Photography 2004, Royal College of Art
2003
Auslander. The Dahl Gallery, Lucerne Switzerland
2003
Essen Arts Festival, Folkwang Museum, Essen Germany
2003
Another Way Is Possible, Royal College of Art, London
2001
Future Focus, The Q Gallery, Derby (solo)
2000
Courts, The City Gallery, Leicester (solo)

Public Collections

Philadelphia Museum of Art
Saatchi Gallery, London
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco
Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York
Arts Council Collection, London
Art Gallery of New South Wales
The British Museum, London
Centre Pompidou, Paris
The de Young Museum, San Francisco
Government Art Collection, London
Musée National des Beaux Arts, Québec
The National Gallery of Art, London
National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC
National Gallery of San Francisco

Literature

2008
Helen Sumpter, Time Out, In the Studio: Idris Khan, 5 – 11 June 2008
2008
Idris Khan every…, K20, Dusseldorf
2007
Idris Khan, Yvon Lambert Gallery, New York
2007
Aoife Rosenmeyer, Art World, Idris Khan, October/November 2007
2007
The New Yorker (arts events), Idris Khan, 24 October 2007
2007
Leo Benedictus, The Guardian, Idris Khan’s best shot, 2 August 2007
2007
Miranda Gavin, British Journal of Photography, The Ideas Factory, 20 June 2007
2007
Nick Hackworth, Quintessentially, Idris Khan, Summer 2007
2006
Lucy Soutter, Source, The Collapsed Archive, Issue 49, Winter 2006
2006
Vitamin PH: New Perspectives in Photography, pp142-143, text by Alison Green
2006
Matt Price, Flash Art, Idris Khan, November/December 2006
2006
Mark Durden, Next Level, Unfreezing Photography: Idris Khan, Ed 01, Volume 05, 2006
2006
Eliza Williams, Art Monthly, Review, October 2006
2006
Michael Glover, Independent, A real maelstrom of talent, 20 September 2006
2006
Sally O’Reilly, Time Out, Idris Khan, 13 September 2006
2006
Nick Hackworth, Evening Standard, Ghosts in the Gallery, 5 September 2006
2006
Geoff Dyer, Guardian, Between the Lines, 2 September 2006
2006
Brian Dillon, Tate etc, The Revelation of Erasure, Issue 8, Autumn 2006
2006
Mark Rappolt,Art Review, Born of Frustration: Idris Khan’s Icons of Iconoclasm, Issue 2, August 2006
2006
Paul Fitzpatrick, Aesthetica, Idris Khan, Issue 14, August/Sept/October 2006
2006
Kenneth Baker, San Francisco Chronicle, Letting go of handlebars with artist’s echoes of Duchamp, 10 June 2006
2006
Ticky Hedley-Dent, Evening Standard Magazine, The Hot List, 21 April 2006
2005
Michael Glover, Independent Magazine, Talent 2006, 31 December 2005
2005
V&A Magazine, The underexposed: Seven leading photographers and commentators tip the photographic stars of the future, Winter 05/06
2005
Charles Darwent, Art Review, Look to the future, August 2005
2005
Huma Qureshi, Libas, Under the Layers, Vol. 18. Issue 4, 2005
2005
William Ewing, Nathalie Herschdorfer, Jean-Christophe Blaser, ‘Regeneration’ Thames and Hudson, June 2005
2005
Alicia Miller, Source, A Generational Statement, April 2005
2005
Mark Durden, Photoworks, Susan Sontag 1933-2004 On On Photography, April 2005
2005
Brian Dillon, Modern Painters, Photography 2005, March 2005
2005
Creative Review, February 2005
2005
Previews, Dazed and Confused, January 2005
2005
Peter Chapman, The Independent, Private View
2005
Joanna Pitman, The Times, Young and Original: Six visual artists in the frame, 19 January 2005
2005
Sue Steward, Evening Standard, A focus on six of the best, 19 January 2005
2005
Fisun Guner, Metro London, Much ado about Nothingness, 18 January 2005
2004
Portfolio. Catalogue of Contemporary Photography, Issue 40 December 2004
2004
Next Level, Edition No.2, vol. 3, November
2004
Royal College of Art Magazine, Contemporary Photography 2004
2004
Nick Hackworth, Dazed And Confused, October 2004
2004
Ken Edwards, Blueprint, A Fresh New Crop, Issue No. 221, July 2004
2004
Charlotte Edwards, Independent, Cream of the Crop, 4 July 2004
2004
Art Review: Top 25 Young London Artists, June 2004
2004
Metro London, Royal College of Art, Pick of the Best, June 2004