A Pakistani born artist, Salman Toor, has sold his painting in the United States at a staggering USD 822,000, probably the highest ever for a Pakistani artist. Toor’s painting “Rooftop Party with Ghosts I” was sold at Christie’s post war & contemporary art sale at USD 822,000 against an estimate of $100,000-150,000 on Dec 3. Measuring at 46.5 inches by 66 inches, the oil on canvas painting was created by the artist in 2015.
Born in 1983, Lahore, Toor received his Masters of Fine Art (Painting) at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn in 2009. Toor’s works have ranged in style from meticulously executed nineteenth century-style history painting to loosely painted and abstracted figuration employing design elements and visual language from both Eastern and Western pop culture.
He has had several solo exhibitions in the U.S. and Pakistan and has been featured both as an artist and a writer in publications such as ArtAsiaPacific, Wall Street International, The Express Tribune, and The Friday Times.