Moody and lyrical, the abstract expressionist work of Shireen Kamran’s series called Maqam evokes a sense of serenity in the viewer. The gestural brushstrokes and markings are rendered in a pleasing wash of subtle colours—an earthy palette of ochre, gray-blue, and a rich brown highlighted by white, sky blue and red. The word, maqām, means ‘place of residence’ in Arabic and refers to the spiritual journey followed by Muslim mystics. Kamran honours her Pakistani heritage in her paintings and often references a form of Islamic mysticism called Sufism.
“I am very inspired by Sufi culture, a constant thread in my work, this concept of Sufi philosophy, reading Rumi etc. I don’t paint in the traditional way–it’s how I express it on canvas.” Shireen Kamran
Born in Lahore, Pakistan she received a BSc. degree from the University of Peshawar, Pakistan and a BFA from Concordia University, Montreal. Her work is held in private collections in Canada and abroad.
Read about Shireen Kamran’s identity of abstraction in the artist expressing herself via colour and formlessness "A Silent Devotion" by Aasim Akhtar.