Nasser Azam (British, b.1963) is a Contemporary artist who works in painting and sculpture. Born in Jhelum, Pakistan, Azam moved to London with his parents in 1970. He started painting seriously in 1980, and in the same year began a business degree at the University of Birmingham.

By 1983, his local reputation as an artist had been established through a number of exhibitions in Birmingham and the West Midlands, including at the Barber Institute of Fine Arts. That year, he was also featured in a BBC documentary.

Following an extended period living and traveling in Japan, Europe, and America, Azam became Artist-in-Residence at County Hall Gallery, London, in 2007, mounting a major exhibition of early and recent work, including the critically acclaimed Anatomica.

It was at this time he began working with sculpture, and, in February 2008, a monumental bronze, The Dance, was unveiled on London’s South Bank. It was followed in July 2012 by the unveiling of Athena in the London City Airport; at 12 meters, it is the tallest bronze sculpture in the UK.

Azam has developed his painting in a series of projects that reflect his interest in extreme working conditions, as well as painting as performance, from Zero Gravity (Star City, Moscow, 2008), to the freezing ice deserts of Antarctica (2010), where he completed 13 large paintings. A six-meter-high bronze sculpture, Evolutionary Loop 517, was unveiled outside the new research center and library at Aberdeen University in May 2013, a month in which Azam also completed a commission of 25 artworks for Costata, part of the Altamarea Group of restaurants in SoHo, New York. In June 2014, the group acquired 11 works for display at their flagship restaurant, Marea, in Manhattan.

Azam’s work is included in numerous private and public collections, including the Zabludowicz Collection and the Sovereign Arts Foundation.

Timeline

1963
Born in Jhelum, Pakistan
1970
Moved to London with his parents
1983
Graduated from University of Birmingham, UK
1983
Exhibited at the Barber Institute of Fine Arts, Birmingham, UK in first major one man show
1985–2006
Traveled and lived in Japan, Europe and America
2007
Selected as Artist-in-Residence at County Hall Gallery, London, UK
2008
Completed two triptychs as a homage to Francis Bacon in Zero Gravity conditions, Star City, Moscow, Russia
2008
Homage to Francis Bacon (Triptych) I sold for $333,000 at auction
2008
First monumental bronze sculpture, The Dance, unveiled on London’s Bank, London, UK
2007–2010
Mounted a series of exhibitions of earlier and new works at County Hall Gallery, including the critically acclaimed Anatomica
2010
Completed a series of large-scale paintings in Antarctica
2012
Tallest bronze sculpture in the UK,Athena, unveiled in the London City Airport, London, UK
2013
Bronze sculpture Evolutionary Loop 517 unveiled at Aberdeen University, Aberdeen, UK
2013–2014
Completed a commission of works for Costata and Marea, part of the Altamarea Group of restaurants New York, USA
Lives and works in London, UK