ZARA KHAN is a Pakistani artist working in mixed media. Born in Lahore, Pakistan in 1985, Khan spent her adolescent years working with Watercolours and later progressed into many other mediums such as Acrylics, Inks, Enamel, Pastel and Ceramics. She continued her creative processes at Chatham University, U.S.A with a B.A in Visual Arts and Art History.
Khan studied realism and the art of the Italian Renaissance. She later returned to Pakistan after completing a series of art projects in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania to pursue her career in art in Pakistan. She held her first solo exhibition at the renowned Unicorn Art Gallery of Karachi, Pakistan and her public works can be found at the headquarters of United Bank Limited UBL in Karachi and with private collectors in USA, Canada and Pakistan.
The organic contours and figurative symbolism in her work of art is spellbinding. It speaks to the viewer in a highly compelling and thought provoking way. Her work at times is comical, exaggerated, a heaven of textured abstraction, forced deconstruction, and a pure rejection of the classical. Her work urges us to renegotiate painting as being part of a reactive or— at times- autistic medium, commenting on oppressing themes in our contemporary society, personal adventures and sorrows. By contesting the division between the realm of memory and the realm of experience, she creates intense personal moments masterfully created by means of rules and omissions, acceptance and refusal, luring the viewer round and round in circles.
Her works doesn’t necessarily reference a recognisable form and the results are deconstructed to the extent that meaning is shifted and possible interpretation becomes multifaceted. By rejecting an objective truth and cultural narratives, she creates with daily recognisable elements, an unprecedented situation in which the viewer is confronted with the conditioning of his own perception and has to reconsider his biased stance. The possible seems true and the truth exists, but it has many faces. Zara Khan currently lives and works in Karachi, Pakistan.