Salman Toor - 2015
Salman Toor conjures lush, atmospheric interiors; realms occupied by queer, worldly urban men who dance, drink cocktails and gaze into the glow of their smart phones. Toor’s scenes simultaneously convey a feeling of warmth, nostalgia, and alienation. The works explore representations of gay male identity and reveal the tension between the private and public spheres.
The artist studied painting and drawing at Ohio Wesleyan University (US) and received his MFA from Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, NY (US). Most recently the artist’s work was the subject of an institutional solo exhibition, Salman Toor: How Will I Know at the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY (US). Upcoming exhibitions include Relations: Diaspora and Painting, Phi Foundation for Contemporary Art, Montréal (CA), M Woods, Beijing (CN). He is one of the recipients of the 2019 Joan Mitchell Foundation Grant.