“My intention is to showcase the subject and the community that they represent. I believe it’s important to shine a light on the spaces in London where we can come together, to simply ‘be’ and create.I aim to inspire my audience to explore places and spaces where they can find a sense of belonging.”

A visual artist with an expressive and bold aesthetic, I am known for ‘taking stories full circle, from the canvas to the streets’. An architect by trade and a painter by profession, I’m interested at the intersection of art, place making and community engagement. 

By documenting London’s ‘DIY community gatekeepers’ as abstract figure paintings both in galleries and on commissioned walls, I capture London’s dancers, poets, musicians, athletes and trailblazers who may otherwise go unnoticed.

“ Karimah takes stories full circle, from the canvas to the streets.”

A pivotal aspect of my practice involves hosting ‘community showcase teasers’ under the disguise of an exhibition. In a curated line up, I exhibit paintings alongside poetry readings, open-mic sessions, live jazz and even football matches. In this way, I combine the artwork, the painting subject, and community members together in one space.

-2019 - Cafe Pamenar “Stranger in My Blood” Toronto, CA.
-2019 - Unit 31 “Moving to True North” London, UK.

-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.

-Mural Artist & Youth Workshop Facilitator
Artolution (2019, New York)
-Creative Leadership Workshop Facilitator
Panasonic & The Helen Hamlyn Centre for Design (2018, London)


Karimah Hassan