New paintings by artist Mala Iqbal will be presented in an exhibition titled “Washed Away,” opening next week at PPOW in New York City. Iqbal’s work sits between traditional landscape painting with psychedelic drippy colors that are characteristic of graffiti and cartoon imagery. The distortion of the artist’s subjects causes the works to be rooted in fiction, existing somewhere on the boarder of abstraction and realism. The unnatural and sometimes acidity color palette adds to the physically surreal qualities in the work and further pushes the ability to successful mash-up many different cultural references. Iqbal currently lives and works in Brooklyn NY, and is an MFA graduate from the Rhode Island School of Design (1998). Since graduation, the artist has exhibited with Bellwether Gallery in New York and Richard Heller Gallery in Los Angeles. Museum exhibitions include works in the New Museum, the Brooklyn Museum and the Queens Museum. Iqbal has been included in publications such as New York Times (review) and BOMB Magazine, and will be included in an upcoming traveling exhibition titled “Psychedelic: Optical and Visionary Art since the 1960s,” opening in 2009.