About the Artist

Latest Catalogue - Insanity Fair

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Zoobs (Zubair) Ansari is a British artist of Indian and Pakistani heritage. He draws on personal experience to explore contemporary society’s preoccupation with physical perfection, popular culture and celebrity, acknowledging the seductive allure of beauty, fame and wealth, while recognising the troubling psychological, emotional and physical consequences of blindly pursuing these goals. Focussing mainly on the human face, Zoobs works in a variety of media including photography, audio, video, sound, sculpture and performance. His works reflect a wide range of influences from art, illustration, fashion, film and music.

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In Focus

I just imagined one day playing all of these portraits in a space together with the same soundtrack in a homage to Warhol.” – ZOOBS ANSARI

Extract from an extended interview with Dr. Jean Wainwright, art historian and Professor of Contemporary Art and Photography, and artist Zoobs Ansari, London 2019.

ZA: I want to make work to make people feel special. I find it fascinating that you can get somebody, put on makeup, style them, take a photograph and make them look like someone different and celebrated, that can appear on a magazine cover, I call that process posterization. When I was at college, I would take students from my course and make them look like Marilyn Monroe, Katherine Hepburn or Jean Harlow and, my tutors would say: “Wow you have a talent for this.” Then I won a competition, I was flown off to Japan on an assignment [for Shiseido]. The idea of makeup was also interesting for me because I had done a lot of charcoal drawings, and make up was somehow the same thing but three dimensional, so in a way it made the job easier because you didn’t have to create a three-dimensional object on a flat surface, you had it in front of you.

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Selected Video Works

London Live Interview – Insanity Fair

24 March 2020

London Live Interviews Zoobs Ansari all about his current exhibition - Insanity Fair March 13th - April 9th 2020. In Insanity Fair we see the glamour, beauty and an eye for the kind of perfect styling which are part of the DNA of celebrity lifestyle but with the skin...

“Insanity Fair,” at Elephant West March 13th-April 9th, 2020

14 November 2019

Announcing Insanity Fair, the first exhibition of work in London by artist Zoobs Ansari since his move to Los Angeles in 2014. Insanity Fair is an opportunity for London audiences to see a collection of more than thirty works created by Zoobs over the last 6 years.