Until my late teens I grew up in a strict Muslim household where everyone was expected to take part in religious activities. From an early age we were encouraged to memorise prayers and fast during the month of Ramadan. With peers I was perceived as English but at home a different set of rules applied.
Over thirty years later and an atheist, those Islamic traditions and religious indoctrination lay buried and are unconsciously, deeply embedded. My work is based upon these memories.
I have created a series of works around a theme that refer to the interpretation of traditional prayers, employing a typographical approach utilising both digital and traditional letterpress processes. I use relief printmaking with monoprint, wooden type and linocuts to create these unique prints. I am also exploring 3-D forms that incorporate construction with traditional printmaking methods.
Everything I create starts life, or has been recorded, in a sketchbook. These sketchbooks are on going, forming a rich document of thoughts and ideas, both technical and conceptual.
CV & Education
Training: MA Printmaking, Anglia Ruskin University – 2013
Occupation: Printmaking tutor and practising artist printmaker
NOPE (National Original Print Exhibition) Bankside Gallery London 2018
neo:printprize, International Print Biennale – Bolton, UK – 2016
International Open Print Exhibition - Art at Wharepuke, New Zealand – January 2016
Gibberd Gallery, Essex – 2016
Bloomberg New Contemporaries - World Museum Liverpool 2014 - The ICA – 2014-15
Newlyn Art Gallery, Penzance – March 2015
The National Open Art Competition (NOA)
Somerset House, Strand London – 2014?
The Minerva Festival Theatre, Chichester, Dec 2014 – Jan 2015
Abbey Walk Gallery, Grimsby – 2014 (Invited artist)
Madison Museum of Fine Art USA– 2014
Print Jam, Art Bermondsey (award winner) – 2014
East Contemporary Art Collection - Suffolk-2013
Ruskin Gallery, Cambridge – September 2013
Williams Art Gallery, Cambridge – 2013
Burts Gallery, Southwark, London – 2011
Prints in the collection of:
Madison Museum of Fine Art (MMoFA) – 2014
The East Contemporary Art Collection – 2013
21st Century British Painting and Drawing – Swindon Museum and Art Gallery – 2013
Publications: Work included in:
‘Extraordinary Sketchbooks’ A&C Black, London – 2011
‘Printmaking on a Budget’, A&C Black, London – 2008
‘Drawing Matters’ A&C Black, London – 2004
'Printmaking for Beginners’, A&C Black, London – 2004