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    Ascension, Khushna Sulaman-Butt
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    Ascension, Khushna Sulaman-Butt

    , Khushna Sulaman-Butt, 2020, oil on linen, 240 cm x 180 cm x 3.5 cm

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    Silent Audience 
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    Silent Audience 

    , Khushna Sulaman-Butt, 2020, oil on linen, 250 cm x 180 cm x 3.5 cm 

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    An Adorned Woman
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    An Adorned Woman

    , Khushna Sulaman-Butt, 2020, oil on linen, 110 cm x 200 cm x 3.5 cm

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    Three Sisters
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    Three Sisters

    , Khushna Sulaman-Butt, 2021, oil on linen, 240 cm x 180 cm x 3.5 cm

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    Otamere
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    Otamere

    , Khushna Sulaman-Butt, 2021, oil on linen, 110 cm x 200 cm x 3.5 cm 

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    Rue: Study one
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    Rue: Study one

    , Khushna Sulaman-Butt, 2021, etching on paper, 20.5 cm x 25.5 cm

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    Rue: Study two
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    Rue: Study two

    , Khushna Sulaman-Butt, 2021, etching on paper, 20.5 cm x 25.5 cm

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    After Party
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    After Party

    , Khushna Sulaman-Butt, 2019, oil on linen, 225 cm x 150 cm x 3.5 cm 

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    Two Lovers
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    Two Lovers

    , Khushna Sulaman-Butt, 2020, digital C-Type print, 42 cm x 40 cm

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    Woman in Bed
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    Woman in Bed

    , Khushna Sulaman-Butt, 2021, digital C-Type print, 110 cm x 72 cm

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  11. Khushna Sulaman-Butt – MA/MFA

    Curriculum Vitae

    Education

    2018 - 2021 
    University College London: Slade School of Fine Art 
    MFA

    2013 - 2016
    University of Oxford: Ruskin School of Art
    BFA 

    Awards

    2019
    Liquitex White Wall project

    2020
    ASC Studio Prize (Shortlisted)

    2019
    Sky Portrait Artist of The Year (Heat contender)

    2017 
    BP Portrait Award (Exhibitor)

    2017 
    Aesthetica Art Prize ( Exhibitor)

    Exhibitions

    Devils In The Details 
    Kristin Hjellgjerde Gallery, London 
    December - January 2020 

    London Grads Now
    Saatchi Gallery, London 
    September - October 2020

    2017 BP Portrait Award 
    Sunderland Museum and Winter Gardens, Sunderland
    March - June 2018

    2017 BP Portrait Award 
    Scottish National Portrait Gallery, Scotland
    December 2017 - March 2018

    2017 BP Portrait Award 
    Royal Albert Memorial Museum, Exeter 
    October 2017 - December 2017

    2017 BP Portrait Award 
    National Portrait Gallery, London 
    June 2017 - September 2017

    Here Is Now
    Angelus Gallery, Winchester
    September 2016

    Ruskin BFA Degree Show
    Ruskin School of Art, Oxford
    June 2014

    Royal Society of British Artists: National Students Art Exhibition 
    Mall Galleries, London
    July 2012

    Publications 
    BP Portrait Award 2017 
    National Portrait Gallery Publications
    2017 

    Future Now: 100 Contemporary Artists From The Aesthetica Art Prize 
    Aesthetica Magazine Ltd
    2017

    Experience

    July - August 2015
    Gallery Intern 
    Michael Werner Gallery

    June - September 2014
    Gallery Intern
    Lazarides Gallery

    June - August 2013
    Printing Intern
    The Outsiders - Execution Doc Studio

Khushna Sulaman-Butt – MA/MFA

My practice explores the relationship between classical expectations in figurative art and the modern societal diversity that we see today. In particular, my work attempts to solve the problems that surface when I represent people from a wide variety of sexual, racial and socio-economic backgrounds and place them within the framework of a traditional westernised canon. My work is a negotiation between these two extremes as I engage with the signs and visual rhetoric of diversity within my sitters, bridging this gap between artist, subject and viewer. My process begins with photographing family, friends and strangers. Methods of traditional portraiture are applied when negotiating their experience, perceiving their body language, gaze, and the identity they present. I translate their essence into classical poses and situations, aiming to shine a light on my sitters in a way that they may not have been seen within the communities they usually inhabit.