Maria Khan

Maria Khan (b.1986) showed a predilection for the arts at a very young age. With the support of her family she acquired a BFA degree in Painting from College of Art and Design, Punjab University, Lahore followed by a MA (Hons) in Visual Arts at National College of Arts, Lahore (2009).

Through her work she invites us to look into a parallel universe or dream-like reality where her characters reside. Khan’s work is inspired by cartoons, fictional stories and proverbs, with traces of cruelty and mischievousness. The artist reveals the innate ominous or sinister side of society that is kept hidden from others. Using individuals from her surroundings as examples, she builds her malicious and powerful characters. These unpleasant characters stand amidst fields of flowers, shrubs, berries and birds in fancy attire, setting a deeply disturbing scene. By presenting these ghastly women against delightful backdrops, the artist successfully digs out the resentment she aims to instigate.

Furthermore, Khan describes her work as revolving around “the idea of distortions, abnormalities, bizarre situations, heaviness and helplessness.”

Khan has exhibited in numerous galleries in Karachi, Lahore and Islamabad and has been awarded for submitting one of the ten best works in The Young Artist Exhibition at Al-Hamra in 2010 and 2012.

The artist displayed her work in the show Doppelganger at Khaas Art Gallery, Islamabad (2015).

Maria Khan

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