The wonderful world of Shazia and her new charismatic paintings

Yorkshire born artist, Shazia has created three new limited edition pieces of work centred around the classic theme of portraits. Shazia’s unique approach to painting innocent and child-like figures distinguishes her from the pack. What compliments her work the most is the traditional use of framing; it adds a twist of character and style to each piece.

Sisters by Shazia

Sisters by Shazia

Shazia talks about her work, “I don’t assign to any formulaic way of painting my characters. Often I begin by painting on canvas a faint outline of my characters head and placing them low down on the canvas. At this stage I can do one of two things: firstly I can revert back to sketch books and pick a character that I may have doodled, or I can reign free and see where it will take me. The latter of the two always brings out a surprisingly different outcome often much more successful. My characters become apparent to me as they are being painted. A flick of the paint brush or the eccentricity of the hair can reveal a different character. In some case, the music I play whilst painting can steer me into a different direction.”

Portrait Of Miss Cecile Bourget by Shazia

Portrait Of Miss Cecile Bourget by Shazia

“My painted little characters are presented like the typical portrait paintings of old; quite still and ordinary. Yet there is plenty about them that is peculiar. An unsettling charm made all the more apparent by their enigmatic gaze. They are vulnerable in scale, sharing neither their proportions or their features. Their sizable heads and characteristic hair, dominate the canvas, equalled only by the charming nervousness revealed within the peripheral ‘full stop’ eyes that stare blankly back. The absence of a mouth perhaps gives you the impression that they are essentially solitary and lonely characters, devoid of communication. But this is not to say they are unloved or isolated; rather they provide sentiments of hope joy, sadness and loss. Even as they are being painted, their characters become apparent to me; a snapshot of a moment or a feeling considered. They are in essence a tensely guarded connection to a benign world summoned by the passing of time. They are carefully preserved, given existence and above all loved.”

Dylan by Shazia

Dylan by Shazia

For more information on Shazia or her work visit

Shazia at Artworx Gallery

Alternatively call 01543 502971 or email
Artworx Gallery, Unit 9a, The Cedars Business Park, Avon Road, Cannock, Staffordshire WS11 1QJ.

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