Idris Khan was born in Birmingham, UK, in 1978. He completed his MA at the Royal College of Art, and now lives in London. Working with still and moving photographic images, sculpture, or painting, he draws inspiration from the history of art and music as well as philosophical and theological texts to investigate memory, creativity, and the layering of experience.
A major survey of his work was presented at The New Art Gallery, Walsall, UK (2017); other solo exhibitions have been held at the British Museum, London (2018); Whitworth Gallery, University of Manchester (2016–2017 and 2012); Sadler’s Wells, London (2011); Gothenburg Konsthall, Sweden (2011); Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art, Toronto (2010); and K20, Düsseldorf, Germany (2008). Recent group shows include those at the Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna (2020); Kunstmuseum Bonn, Germany (2020); Royal Academy, London (2019, 2018); Musée de l'Elysée, Lausanne, Switzerland (2016); and National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC (2015). His commission for the monument forming the centrepiece of the new Memorial Park in Abu Dhabi, which was unveiled in November 2016, received an American Architecture Prize in 2017. Idris Khan was appointed OBE for services to art in the 2017 Queen’s Birthday Honours List.