My paintings have always attempted to depict the drama of the London street. Some pieces are compositions based on observations of everyday life. Other works comprise ‘portraits' of lost places and human stories observed on the streets of Newham in East London, where I have lived (almost continuously) since the early ‘70s.
One of the drivers of my work has been noticing how time is found in the environment in buildings and fragments of the detritus of earlier generations. As I compose my paintings, I discover the signs and remains of edifices, objects and people from the past and I animate my works with ghostly shadows of these vanished places and people.
My paintings are characterised by attention to detail, vivid colour and an intentional technique drawn from using multiple layers of transparent glaze, which enables luminous colour to be provided. My work can be seen on https://ferhafarooqui.weebly.com
BA Hons Fine Art – Winchester School of Art – 1979-82
--Guildhall Art Gallery, London – ‘Carnival Procession’, acrylic glaze on wood panel -2020
-V&A Print Collection
Google Arts & Culture
-London Borough of Newham Heritage Archives: ‘In the shadow of the stadium’ and ‘At the cemetery gates’, linocut prints 2022
COMMISSONS: City of London Corporation Culture & Commerce Taskforce 2021.
2021 Royal Academy Summer Exhibition 2021 - ‘Reclaiming Magic’ – Royal Academy of Arts – selected by Yinka Shonibare
2021 - Bermondsey Project Space, London
2016 - Barbican Library Foyer, Barbican Centre, London
2014 - Dulwich Picture Gallery, London - Prize winner
2011 - Freud Museum, London
2010 - Pushkin House, Bloomsbury, London -
2010 - V&A Museum of Childhood, London
Statement about AOAP Submitted Artworks
My work usually captures the drama of the city environment and most particularly aspects of London. So, I was delighted to be invited to produce a series of 4 small painted postcards using my style of working to mark International Women’s Day. The paintings I have produced celebrate women in a variety of everyday social settings in sisterhood, conversation, love, motherhood and friendship.
You must not reproduce, duplicate, copy, sell, resell or exploit any works. In doing so, you endanger our relationships with artists, and directly jeopardise the charitable work we do. Anyone found doing so will be subject to legal action.
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