Sculpture No.2 (1965)
16 steel girders, iron-oxide red sprayed paint
122 x 122 x 122 cm
Reproduced by Sharjah Art Foundation (2014)
Sharjah Art Foundation Collection
As a trained civil engineer, Araeen’s fascination for architectural forms, inspired by his surroundings, fuelled his investigation of geometry and abstraction. In the 1960s, he moved from Pakistan to London, where he developed pioneering works in minimalist sculpture extending the geometrical forms of his British counterparts such as Anthony Caro, Kenneth and Mary Martin, as well as Anthony Hill. His work encompasses numerous forms and industrial materials, such as the steel girders used to construct Sculpture No 2 (1965).