Wanderings/Suluk #59

More Works By Shireen Kamran Mixed Media on Canvas 2023
53 × 53 in 134.62 × 134.62 cm

About Wanderings/Suluk #59

This is one in a series of elegant abstract compositions Shireen Kamran created to remember the forced exodus of many people from the town of Suluk, Syria. Using paper collage and acrylic paints, the richness of the colour palette is reminiscent of a trip to the spice market. Muted shades of ochre, olive and indigo contrast with black, clay and bright white. This piece, in form and colour, was influenced by fabled abstract artists, De Kooning, Rembrandt and Picasso. Kamran’s work also honours her Pakistani heritage, often referencing a form of Islamic mysticism called Sufi.

“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, how I express it on canvas.” Shireen Kamran

She received a BSc. degree from the University of Peshawer 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.