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Published on Jan 20, 2015
Danish Quapoor's WALRUS wall drawing was created in December 2014 during a month-long residency at OFF THE KERB studios, Collingwood, Melbourne. Filmed by Mitchell Hickey.
DâNÎsH QUâPØØr is the fictional, anthropomorphic lovechild of Beyonce, Anish Kapoor and Jerry from Seinfeld. A precocious yet overweight child, Danish spent much of his youth in the Lockyer Valley (QLD), drawing cartoon characters and eating homemade cake mixture. Since completing a Bachelor of Creative Arts - Visual Arts (Honours) at USQ in 2010, Danish has spent much time pursuing his dreams, perusing op shops, sourcing inspiration and eavesdropping on strangers. Danish is now based in Melbourne, and survives on a diet of garlic bread, soy lattes, and visual stimuli gathered from Tumblr, his zany imagination and IRL. These stimulants and stimuli often materialise when the artist least expects it, or when procrastination has reached critical mass. Quapoor’s practice is equally informed by collaborations with other humanimals, artists, self-declared non-artists and children. There is also a focus on aesthetics, appropriation, wordplay, miscommunication and re-contextualisation. Danish juxtaposes diverse imagery in profound, humorous and aesthetic arrangements, employing diverse processes including direct pen to paper line illustrations and physically cutting and pasting collages. DQ’s works accordingly attempt to provide visual delight and / or disgust in various forms, while posing questions and imposing statements to viewers regarding the nature of appearances, underlying motives and seemingly frivolous aesthetics. In short, Danish Quapoor is the dance craze that’s sweeping the nation and a prince among men. Or something.