Beauty, youth and idealism have informed the work of Tania Qurashi. The work focuses on portraits of young male musicians juxtaposed with various representations of flowers to consider a genre of beauty. The intention is to encourage observation and self-reflection as a means of seeing musicians as an extension of our inhibited selves. The shallow and shiny surfaces contradict the honesty and depth that she tries to convey through the paintings. The idea is to present aspects of youth in an aesthetic that reads as both shallow and vulnerable.
The portraits build around the idea of creating an archetype of a boyish and androgynous aspect that is seen in the musicians she is examining. These subjects are aware of their sexuality and allow themselves to be looked at. Sexuality is enforced with the expressive representations of flowers. Flowers add a feminine characteristic to the musicians as well as connecting the idea of sexuality. Her paintings attempt to create sensual portraits, to draw the viewer in and to engage with an idea of celebrity. There is an emphasis on the figures offering a combination of detachment and tenderness as a way to interact. These subjects project an idea of introspection in an attempt to express a feeling of melancholy to communicate the longing to understand the person of our desire and admiration.