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Exhibiting Address

WIMBLEDON LIBRARY 35 Wimbledon Hill Road, Wimbledon SW19 7NB

Opening Dates

September: 21, 22

Gallery

Email

Phone: 447811098074

Personal statement

F. Zahra Hassan is a visual artist, educator and a researcher, trained in Indian, Mughal and Persian Painting. She specialises in the Arts of Book. Zahra studied Sacred Geometry/Islamic Patterns regarding analytical and cosmological approach. Besides, she also studied Biomorphic Design concerning surface design and embellishments. She has worked as an artist/designer and a consultant for various international organisations. She has undertaken many international arts and design commissions with individuals, institutions and organisations. She is a visiting artist/academic in the UK and Pakistan. She also introduced new courses in the University of London’s World Art Programme in Asian and Middle Eastern Art and Design held at the British Museum, Asia House London. She has conducted many workshops and given talks in museums in the UK on Indo-Persian Painting. She is part of international research groups and publishes on art and design.

Artistic Statement

I am trained as an Indian, Mughal and Persian miniature painter with a background in decorative arts of Asia and the Middle East. I use traditional methods, materials and techniques in my work with trans-disciplinary approach. Most of my work embodies mystical dimensions and delves into metaphors and persuasive narratives that are peculiar to South Asia and the Middle East. My training in the UK was in Visual Islamic and Traditional Arts, where I was taught a great deal of other World’s great art traditions including icon painting, Italian renaissance painting techniques along with gilding, marbling, calligraphy and making of paper and natural colour pigments. My usual art practice revolves around my training in Indian, Mughal and Persian Painting techniques. From making my wasli paper to squirrel tail hairbrush and to grinding of pigments, I prepare most of my materials by myself. My art practice has moved on from one level to another, where I am now experimenting with new media and cutting edge technology (touch interactive trans-media storytelling).

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Mughal Painting, Indo-Persian Miniature Painting, Contemporary Painting, South Asian Painting, Nature, Islamic Art, Pattern Design, sURFACE embellishment