For Art Week, we chose to look at the artist Shazly Khan. Shazly was born in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, and now lives in Karachi, Pakistan. Through her artwork, she likes to celebrate life to divert people’s attentions away from the sufferings that are happening in the world today.
She is known for painting everyday occurrences with a fairy tale background. When interpreting Shazly’s pieces we noticed that the majority of her paintings are about family, friends. She likes to get across to the observer that precious moments of daily life, such as having a cup of tea with friends, should be celebrated rather than seen as a mundane occurrence. You will note in our pictures that we have replicated Shazly’s style by not drawing any facial expressions, as Shazly prefers to spend her time and effort on the bodily expressions of the people she is painting, where she likes to manipulate the scale of the painting by exaggerating proportions.
Shazly uses acrylics in her works and uses brushes, her fingers and knife palettes to build up layers. She uses lots of bold lines and ‘balancing vibrant colours.’ For our pictures, we used chalk pastels.