Tauseef Khan (b. 1980) is from New Delhi. He completed his bachelors in Painting from D.M.S. Ikms, Karnataka Open University (2014) and his Masters in drawing and painting from Jiwaji University, Gwalior (2018). Tauseef currently lives and works in New Delhi.
Tauseef Khan’s paintings are about how he views history through the prism of today and how it is constantly shifting and changing according to his contemporary perspectives. The wine glasses are a metaphor for society; how the people he knows and comes into contact with affect how he perceives the world and his past. Born and raised in Delhi, the Moghul Monuments of Delhi have always symbolized the official past, yet they also have personal memories for him from growing up and visiting them with family and friends. In front of them, he creates a screen of glassware, which abstracts the image of the monument, turning it into a kaleidoscope of colors and shapes. On a formal level, he is interested in contrasting the solidity and antiquity of the stone monument with the transparency and delicacy of the glassware and the challenges this presents to him as a painter. He is inspired by the masterworks of Dutch Still Life painting, with the amazing tables full of precious objects, fruit, and flowers, which the painters rendered with photographic precision. He works to achieve the same sort of hyper-realism in his works, so that the painting is at once very real but also something illusionary.