Shezad Dawood Exhibited at The Saatchi Gallery

Shezad Dawood
The Bestower


Neon, tumbleweed with enamelled aluminium plinth

163 x 51 x 51 cm

London based artist Shezad Dawood’s British and Pakistani rootsare reflected in his works. Appropriating many of his ideas from modern European and American aesthetics, Dawood generates a critical examination of identity. This series of sculptures are made of neon, entangled in tumbleweed and placed on aluminium plinths. The Bestower, The Protector, The Judge and The Majestic, utilise traditional scripts that radiate from the centre of a ball of tumble-weed, reflecting an element of the divine.

Shezad Dawood
The Protector


Neon, tumbleweed with enamelled aluminium plinth

163 x 51 x 51 cm
Each of Shezad Dawood’s neon works reflects the artist’s interest in the ninety-nine beautiful names of God. Each attributed to Allah; the objective nouns are intended to describe every single aspect of the divine. Dawood’s neon works examine Islam as well as the doctrine of the early American frontier, since both grand ideologies were born of similarly dry and desolate surroundings.
Shezad Dawood
The Judge


Neon, tumbleweed with enamelled aluminium plinth

163 x 51 x 51 cm

The neon works reject the rhetoric of a clash of civilisations, looking at a formal synthesis between East and West. Dawood’s works deliver a very complex set of notions that arise from symbols that are inherent to the two cultures that Dawood is familiar with.

Shezad Dawood
The Majestic


Neon, tumbleweed with enamelled aluminium plinth

163 x 51 x 51 cm
Dawood describes his attempt to formally represent notions of the divine as strongly as he represents something of the formlessness and abstraction at the heart of modern America. The disheveled tumble-weed balls that are anchored into each plinth exist as symbols of time. The sculptures also reference the history of the American West, acknowledging the rise of a new kind of social religion embedded in bold patriotism.

Shezad Dawood's Biography

Shezad Dawood
Born in 1974, London, UK
Lives and works in London, UK


Piercing Brightness, KINOKINO, Sandnes, Norway

Piercing Brightness, Modern Art Oxford, Oxford, UK
Kino Kino, Sandnes, Norway
Newlyn Art Gallery, Newlyn, Cornwall, UK

Anna Schwatrz Gallery, Sydney
Harris Museum, Preston
The Third Line, Dubai

A Mystery Play, Plug In ICA, Winnipeg
The Jewels of Aptor, Paradise Row, London, UK
Cities of the Future, Chemould Prescott Road, Mumbai
Intensive Surfaces, Ă…rhus Kunstbygning, Ă…rhus

I Knew I Should Have Taken that Right Turn at Albuquerque, Washington Garcia,
Montana, Galerie Gabriel Rolt, Amsterdam

Feature: Architecture, East Side Projects, Birmingham
Journey to the End of the Night, Galleria Riccardo Crespi, Milano
Until the End of the world, The Third Line Dubai

If I Should Fall From Grace With God, Paradise Row, London
The End of Civilisation, Axel Lapp Projects, Berlin

Shezad Dawood & Friends, Artists’ Studio, London

Paradise Row, London (curated by Chris Hammond)

Shrine, 1,000,000 mph, Old Bethnal Green Road, London E2
Karma Cola, Osterwalder's Art Office, Hamburg, & Tablet, Tabernacle, London

Multiplicity, Osterwalder's Art Office, Hamburg
Shez 360, Djanogly Gallery, Nottingham


Drawings, Paradise Row, London

Videonale: Dialogue in Contemporary Video Art, National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts, Taiwan
How I Learned To Stop Fearing and Love the Exotic Art, Art Life Lounge, JAMM Foundation, Kuwait
Generation in Transition, Zacheta National Gallery of Art, Warsaw
Videonale, Kunstmuseum Bonn, Bonn & BWA Contemporary Art Gallery, Katowice
The Pavement and the Beach, Paradise Row, London
AS THE WORLD TURNS: New Art From London, Anna Schwartz Gallery, Sydney

Illuminations (After Arthur Rimbaud), Leila Taghinia-Milani Heller Gallery, New York
Living in Evolution, Busan Biennale, Busan
Rude Britannia: British Comic Art, Tate Britain, London
Grand National, Vestfossen Kunstlaboratorium, Vestfossen
Dawnbreakers, John Hansard Gallery, University of Southampton, Southampton.
Wonderland: New Art from London, Assab One, Milano
The Empire Strikes Back: Indian Art Today, Saatchi Gallery, London

Disorientation II, Emirates Palace, Abu Dhabi
AiM International Biennale 3rd Edition, Marrakech, Morocco
The Artists Studio, Compton Verney, Warwickshire
Making Worlds, The 53rd Venice Biennale, Venice
Natural Wonders: New Art From London, Baibakov Art projects, Moscow
Altermodern: Tate Triennial 2009, Tate Britain, London
Untold: The Rise Of Schisms (India Popular Culture and Beyond), Sala de Exposiciones Alcala 31, Madrid

Indian Highway, Serpentine gallery, London, I collaboration with Mukul Deora
Lightness of Being, Initial Access, The Frank Cohen Collection
ReAsia, HKW, Berlin

Hobbyhorse, Arndt & Partner, Zurich, October 2007 (curated by Elaine Ng)
Lemon Sky, Miami

Bubble & Squeak (curated by Shay Oahyon), PM Gallery, Toronto
East Wing Collection, Courtauld Institute, London
Lila/Play, Span Gallery, Melbourne
Very Funny: Humour in Video Art, Gallery Chemould, Mumbai
Video Passages, Incontemporanea, Via Torino, Milan, curated by Mario Gorni &
Simona Bordone, in collaboration with the province of Milan

Yabba Dabba Do, Cell Project Space, with Hilary Koob-Sassen, London
in Six Easy Steps, ICA, London
Go Between, Kunstverein, Bregenz, Austria
Belluard Bollwerk International, Fribourg, Switzerland
The Condition of England, Northern Gallery for Contemporary Art, Sunderland
We Have Met the Enemy & He Is Us, Redux, London
Gigolo, Trailer, Trafalgar Hilton, London, curated by Juan Bolivar
Showcase, City Arts Centre, Edinburgh
Sci-Fi, MOT, Regent’s Studios, London
The World as Will & Idea, Platform for Art commission for Piccadilly Circus
underground station
Truth Machine, performances at Port Eliot Lit Festival, St Germans, Cornwall
Lecture In Conversation, Performance at Henry Moore Institute, Leeds with Peter
Lewis & Crazy Horse Following, Leeds City Centre with David Medalla, both as
part of Situation Leeds, Artists & The Public Realm.

Showcase Preview, South London Gallery, London
Pilot:1, Limehouse Town Hall, London
Vinyl#2 Taste, Redux, London
Plaza Suite, Union, London
Homes With No Walls, Mumbai, India
Weltbelkannt, Specially commissioned display panels for U-Bahn platforms,
Hauptbahnhof Hamburg

Intervention, John Hansard Gallery, Southampton
Indians & Cowboys, Gallery 4a, Sydney, Australia
Presence, Leighton House Museum, London
Chockerfuckingblocked, Jeffrey Charles Gallery, London
Long Live The Candy Floss Mavericks, Debenhams Windows, in association with
CommeÇa Art, Manchester

Message to India, New Delhi, Mumbai
More Loving, 323 Old St., London
Neon Gallery, Commercial St., London
Site + Sight, Earl-Lu Gallery, Singapore
Ausgang, Studio Voltaire, London
Location:UK, Gimpel Fils,, London
Fame & Promise, 14 Wharf Road, London
Aar Paar 2, Poster Project, simultaneously in Karachi, Pakistan & Mumbai, India.

Century City, Tate Modern, London
The Tender Trap, 15c St. Charles Sq., London
Camouflage, Nehru Centre, Indian High Commission, London W1
selbst | porträt, Schloss Agathenburg, Agathenburg, Germany
Project Wax, show and auction for Cancer Research at the Metropolitan Hotel,
London W1, featuring Mona Hatoum, Keith Tyson, Bob & Roberta Smith, amongst
art tube 01, Piccadilly Line, London Underground, featuring Damien Hirst, Gavin
Turk, Vivienne Westwood, Yoko Ono & others.

Crush, Hoax, London
Loving, 25c Marylands Road, London
Point of View, Richard Salmon Gallery, London
HOAX @ Lux, Lux Centre, London
Through A Glass Darkly, Kunstlerhaus Mösentürm, Frankfurt
Rocky Mountains & Tired Indians, Commission for the Royal College of Art Façade,
sponsored by Playmobil gmbh
Tower Hamlets Billboard Project, in association with the Whitechapel Art Gallery
and the Millennium Commission

000zerozerozero, Whitechapel Art Gallery, London
Crown Jewels, Kampnagel (K3) Hamburg and NGBK (Neue Gesselschaft der
Bildende Kunst) Berlin