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Dubai based artist Sheeba Khan is much more than just another wonderful artist, her story is almost out of a fairy-tale. She was literally born in the jungle, where she was raised for the first ten years of her life, and was treated like a princess. Despite being away from civilization, her mother home-schooled her until eleven, when she was whisked away to Bhopal. She could relate to Tarzan's plight when he had to move to London for Jane; she missed the simplicity of her jungle, the animals and their soothing sounds, the gurgle of the river that put her to sleep like a lilting lullaby…
a fairy tale indeed! Her story begins fascinating, and gets more so, as she becomes a wife and mother; a job she wanted and adored, but the fairy-tale resided within her and was hidden deep for years, until it burst out in the form of ﬁne art. Khan says of herself: ‘when I look back, it was the most incredible and unforgettable part of my life, but my life is yet again becoming incredible with my artistic journey’.
So we turn to her art, and this is where the Khan magic begins. The eclectic mix of vivid abstracts captures the vibrancy of her colourful childhood. Each of her deeply layered pieces embodies a myriad of stories, letting the beholder ﬁnd a new interpretation with every fresh look. With audacious colours and passionate storytelling she has garnered rave reviews from arts communities across the world. The artist invites you to see the colourful movement that is translated by her onto canvas. Khan is an instinctive artist, ‘this is how I paint; there is no pre-conceived vision’. On occasions she may have a burning issue that she would like to address, but more often than not, she stares blank, ’I stand in front of a pure, white canvas and it mirrors my state of mind. I let my subconscious take control and I let rip, every daub of colour, every layer ﬁnds a life of its own’. The intricate network of lines, specks, and subliminal shapes leave complex nooks and crannies of her mind and happily pick their spot on the canvas. What seems like a ﬁnished piece to her audience, goes through many rebirths before its ﬁnal life. And once the trance is broken the artist pushes her head back to look at what is born, and she responds, ‘Hello beautiful; I had been waiting for you.’ Time to move on... When patrons acquire a work of her art they take over her dream and make it theirs. What gives Khan vicarious pleasure is the knowledge that her dream has become the centrepiece of a plush, well-appointed room where a new person sees it, feels it, and interprets it every day. Khan opines that a good piece of art can nourish the soul of a room and enhance the mood of the inhabitant. Her art is so vivid, textured and vibrant that every piece tells deep, layered stories that come from her experiences – both happy and sad, bright and dark.
Over the last six years since picking up her brush, Sheeba Khan has won many International accolades, including winning the Caravaggio Great Master of Art International Prize in Milan, in 2018, the Premio Internazionale D’Arte Fondazione Costanza, in Madrid, in 2019. And recently, the Guglielmo Prize at the International Norman Biennial Award, in Monreal, Italy, in 2020. Most prestigiously, Khan won La Palma d'Oro per le Arti Visive 2020 at Biennale d'Arte Internazionale in Venice. She is also featured in Artisti19, a prestigious European book celebrating 50 great contemporary artists from around the world. Her work hangs in the Haeguemgang Museum’s permanent collection in South Korea. Other collections of her work are currently being exhibited in Montclair, New Jersey, London, Milan and Dubai, all at prestigious galleries.
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