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The Gift (1)
90 x 90 cm
Acrylic on canvas
Previous exhibitions and fairs
Transitions, Tafeta Gallery, London, 2019
Formation, Camden Image Gallery, London, 2016
‘Through the Kaleidoscope’, Islington, London, 2014
Art X Art Fair, Tafeta Gallery/BBFA, Lagos, Nigeria, 2019
No Room No Fear, Hogan Lovells LLP (in partnership with the Smithsonian National Museum of African Art, Enam Gbewonyo and SMO Contemporary Art), London, 2019
The Next Wave: The Power of Authenticity and Self Validation, HAART, Hoxton Arches, London, 2019
BBFA Presents, Tafeta Gallery, Fitzrovia, London, 2018
About the artist
Ayesha Feisal was born and raised in London, UK, where she is currently based. Born to Sierra Leonean parents, her first memories of art were drawing on the 70’s patterned wallpaper in the flat she lived in, making her own patterns and forms within the mustard, orange and brown tones of the wall. Although Feisal initially pursued a non-creative path in her studies, she knew that she would ultimately pursue a career as an artist. Working with the mediums of paint and leather, Feisal began practicing art in 2002, taking an extended break before fully resuming her practice in 2012.
Sources of inspiration
Within her art, Feisal creates complex, amorous forms, drawing inspiration from her study of behaviour and the human mind, whilst also exploring the effects of experience. Her work is influenced by the painting styles of the expressionist and futurist movements. Her intrigue comes from how artists of such eras depicted meaning and experience, as well as movement and time. As a result, she displays intense – and sometimes unnatural – colours as a way to heighten the emotion in her work.
Feisal’s art is reflective of her interest in psychological states and uses the human form as a means to explore the psyche. Her works are an ongoing response to events and situations, and are influenced by her interest in consciousness, universal law, balance and truth. She is drawn to portraying characters with elevated mindsets, who move beyond the impact of circumstance, environment and social condition. Her recent work explores personal transition and the philosophy of inner transformation.
“Art is where we discover and express our humanity; a place where we find a language to share our ideas and our emotions. It has the responsibility of helping society deal with its conflicts and contradictions. As an artist, I see it as my role to facilitate this” – Ayesha Feisal