SOAS University of London

Islamic Art

By the artist Gori Yusef Husen
21 February – 28 February 2006

This Foyer exhibition can be seen in the main School of Oriental and African Studies building on the Lower Level displayed outside the Khalili Lecture Theatre. Curated by Ms. Yoshiko Yasumura it presents a rare opportunity to see a selection of works by Gori Yusef Husen originally from Gujarat, India.

Yusef was raised as a muslim in a predominantly Hindu region, surrounded by this mixed culture first sparked his interest in the traditional arts of India. After finishing formal education and graduating from university he began researching the various Hindu religious festivals, their culture and art through attending as many and a wide variety of as he could, this immersion has developed a myriad of experience of many of the different Indian cultures over a period of almost 25 years.

In this particular exhibition the selection of Yusef's paintings reflect particular techniques and a tradition made famous by and recognised as very much a Moghul style of miniature painting. Yusef is not a formally trained artist but self taught through studying original artworks and artists in this style.

Yusef has exhibited his work in Canada; France; Japan; Malaysia; Nepal; South Africa and more recently the United Kingdom.

Please note: this exhibition is in the foyer of the SOAS Library in the Main Building, NOT in the Brunei Gallery