(b. 1983, Lahore, Pakistan; lives and works in New York, New York)
Downtown Boys, 2020. Oil on panel. © Salman Toor; Courtesy of the artist and Luhring Augustine, New York
The painting shows an interior scene of revelry among friends and lovers. The central figure reaches out in a welcoming, serpentine gesture to two embracing figures, their limbs intertwined. Behind them on the lower left side is a tender kiss shared by a couple on a beanbag. With this painting I wanted to summon a sense of closeness and romance in this time without certainties and much isolated self-reflection.