In this podcast series we speak to some of the artists we work with, as well as collectors, curators and interesting figures in the industry. We will also publish a sort of audio guide for some of our exhibitions, where the works are talked about in greater detail.
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In this episode we speak to the internationally renowned artist Faiza Butt. We discuss the influences behind her stunningly detailed works, as well as issues that have been thrown up by the Coronavirus crisis. We talk about her ceramic work, a medium Faiza has a strong affiliation with, as well as the techniques used in her paintings, and how her experiences at the Slade School of Fine Art changed her practice. We also discuss how life in London and the experiences of her children, bleed into her work.
Faiza also decodes the visuals used in her new works, which are partly based on childhood memories of bucolic gardens and fruit farms in Pakistan. These works are on display at Grosvenor Gallery as part of 'Form & Figure: Bodies of Art' from 11 - 26 June 2020, and can also be seen on our website.
British painter Elisabeth Deane's love of Indian miniature painting was born from a trip to Shantiniketan in West Bengal in 2011. Inspired by the work of polymath Rabindranath Tagore, she went on to study under Rajasthani masters, and later at the Prince's School of Traditional Arts in London. Her work is a mix of rigid geometry and flowing figurative work, drawing from sources as varied as Persian and Indian miniatures and folklore to Islamic geometry. Her first solo-show, 'Rhythmic Measures', was held at Grosvenor Gallery in December 2019.
Wardha Shabbir is a visual artist based in Lahore, Pakistan. A graduate of the National College of Art in Lahore, Wardha employs traditional miniature painting techniques, producing paintings and sculpture in a style she describes as 'Organic Geometry'.
In October 2019 we held her first UK solo-show at the gallery, 'In A Free State', and recently displayed new work by her in our exhibition 'Aspects of Geometry'. Images of the installation at the Jameel Art Centre, Dubai, can been seen by following the link.
In this episode we speak about how she started her career, her experiences with the 2018 Jameel Prize, and how becoming a mother has changed her practice - amongst other things..!