b. 1978, UK; lives and works in London

2002-2004 Royal College of Art, MA

1998-2000 The University of Derby, BA (Hons) 

Drawing inspiration from the history of art and music, as well as key philosophical and theological texts, Idris Khan investigates memory, creativity and the layering of experience. Khan’s works – in such media as sculpture, painting and photography – rely on a continuous process of creation, erasure, or the adding of new layers while retaining traces of what has gone before.

Khan, who received an OBE for services to the arts in 2017, has exhibited at The New Art Gallery, Walsall (2017); Whitworth Gallery, Manchester (2016-17);

Sadler's Wells, London (2011); Gothenburg Konsthall, Sweden (2011); the Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art, Toronto (2010) and Kunsthaus Murz, Austria (2010) and has work in the permanent collections of major international museums. His centrepiece for the Abu Dhabi Memorial Park (2017) was awarded the American Architecture Prize.