Shakil Akram Khan’s Islamic Geometric Works at the Aga Khan Museum
Influenced by M.C. Escher, Shakil Akram Khan’s art was inspired by the beautiful geometrical tiling patterns in Alhamra, Spain. Escher’s transformative Islamic tile art and a completely novel concept of tiling animal forms and complex shapes of lizards, fish, birds and horses has been his motivation.
A new discovery in itself, Shakik Akram Khan re-engineered the concept of art made from animal forms back into a purely Islamic art-form by replacing the tessellations of animal tiles by square kufic script.
Born in Singapore in 1965. he immigrated to Canada at the age of seven and grew up in Montreal. Shakil graduated from McGill University in 1988. Presently he lives in Toronto.
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