1Granary is over the moon with joy because of meeting Raqib Shaw, CSM Fine Art graduate and an absolutely brilliant artist with the most contagious laugh ever! He warmly welcomed us today in his grand and most marvelous studio at the Old Sausage Factory in South London.
When we arrived to meet and interview Raqib Shaw for the first issue of the 1Granary Magazine, we were greeted by his kind assistant, who led us through the gates and into a whole different universe! The waiting area was the most unexpected jungle-like-garden with silk pillows, bamboos reaching for the sky and flowers everywhere!
The actual studio is spread around the two floors of the faded sausage factory where sculpture, woodwork and painting studios are used by Raqib to create his magnificent works of art – grandiose paintings, embellished with ink, paints, enamel, lead glass and gliding and sculptures of most wildest imagination. His artwork requires time and dedication; most of his works are in the process of making and can take as long as 7 years to fully complete. We were very lucky to be allowed to take pictures inside the studio with his works everywhere, not seen by many, for future exhibitions in the most amazing museums and galleries all around the world.
Not long after arriving, Raqib appeared from the depth of his studio with his two most adorable dogs. He spoke to us about his life as an art student at Central Saint Martins, the importance of working hard in the studio for fine art students and the current art world. Speaking of CSM, he remembered how he would paint away in the Fine Art studios at Charring Cross site, calling it a “fabulous building where everyone had so much fun.” Raqib made us laugh our hearts out to his stories of having a small bar at his side for anyone to enjoy and of him hiding vodka bottles in the toilet tanks, reminding us of true CSM student spirit at it’s best!
P.S. Raqib has a soft spot for bonsais! He owns the most beautiful bonsai garden with experts complimenting him on possibility of him owing the richest bonsai collection in Europe! He speaks of them with most affectionate love and plays Mozart and Paganini for them to listen.
We would like to thank Raqib for the fun time we spent together and for showing 1Granary around his incredible and most inspiring studio!