Inspired by a diverse array of source material, Karimah Hassan’s ink and watercolour paintings are produced in a manner that she sees akin to automatic drawing: constantly diving between the conscious and subconscious state of mind.
Her abstract depictions of ‘traditional’ subjects such as dancers and the female form are, as she puts it, ‘never quite solid or whole’, yet they exude an extraordinarily rich sense of emotion. ‘I try to paint in a way that captures that subject’s spirit whilst allowing enough abstraction for the viewer to fill in the missing gaps.’ Her tentative, layered arrangements of colour and form, offer multiple focal points and keep the eye in constant motion. Balancing activity and stasis, confidence and doubt, her works occupy a fertile space somewhere between the known and undiscovered.
Born in Wales, of Yemeni and Bangladeshi heritage, Karimah lives and works between London and New York. Recent group exhibitions include Con Artist Gallery, New York (2018), SK ArtSpace, Brooklyn (2018), Iang Gallery, Seoul (2018) The Black and White Building London, (2017) and Aqua Gallery Kyoto (2015).
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2018 – Con Artist Gallery “Residence Showcase” New York City, NY. USA.
2018 – SK Artspace Gallery“The Future is Female” Brooklyn, NY. USA.
2018 – Chinatown Soup Gallery“Cooties Collective” New York City, NY. USA.
2018 – Con Artist Gallery “Abstraction” New York City, NY. USA.
2018 – Iang Gallery “Contemporary International Ink Design” Seoul, S. Korea.
2017 – The Black and White building “Creative Debuts - Emerging Artists” London, UK.
2016 – Royal College of Art “Mediations - Art and Design Agency” London, UK.
2016 – Beijing Industrial Design Centre “Beijing Design Week, International Exhibition of Ink Painting” Beijing, China.
2015 – Aqua Gallery “International showcase Kyoto University of Art & Design” Kyoto, Japan.
‘Patiently Praying’ & ‘Crouching Figure’. Private Art Gallery. SK Artspace, Brooklyn, NY, USA. Consignment 2018.
‘The Gatekeeper’ & ‘If I’ve Got You Life is Going to be OK’. Private Collection. New York City, NY, USA. Acquired 2018.
‘A Tale of Scumdidlyuptious Events’. Public Art Display. Morgan Arcade, Cardiff UK. Donated 2017.
2018 – Artscape Gibraltar Point, Toronto, ON, Canada.
2018 – Con-Artist Gallery, New York, NY, USA.
2017 – Full Capacity Design, Prague, Czech Republic.
Member of the Following Organizations:Con-Artist Collective, New York. Joined 2018
Booooooom. Joined 2018
Female Narratives, London. Joined 2017