Garden of the Grace – Artwork

Series nameSaleem Arif Quadri: 1990s

Acrylic and sand on wood, 412cm

Date of Creation / Publication1995-1996
CreatorSaleem Arif Quadri
Associated Person/ OrganisationSaleem Arif Quadri
Collection and Reference NumberSaleem Arif Quadri collection (GB 2661 SQ)
Catalogue NumberSQ/ART/1990/4
CopyrightThe Creator and/ or associated person or organisation where applicable
Access to originalsThe originals are located with Saleem Arif Quadri
Series notes'Garden of Grace' was comissioned by Birmingham Central Library. It measures four metres in diameter, with the theme of humanity's aspirations towards beauty, weaving semi-abstract and geometrical forms with generalised bird forms viewed from different angles. These bird forms interact to create rectangular, square and circular shapes, these last echoing the overall shape of the work. In most of his paintings, Saleem uses birds as emblems of humanity's aspirations.
Collection notesThe Saleem Arif Quadri collection contains digital images of his artworks, including paintings, ceramics and manuscript books from the late 1950s to the present day, as well as from several exhibition catalogues. The materials also include items from his curatorial work.