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AISHA CAAN THE BIG BANG


AISHA CAAN THE BIG BANG

From the success of her previous exhibition titled Elements of Nature, Aisha has further explored the theme of the Big Bang to create a capsule collection of paintings. The Creation of the Universe is a theme where Aisha feels, ‘sky’s the limit’ (literally and metaphorically!). Within this vast expanse of space, she has the freedom to express her thoughts, her observations, and her understanding of the ‘purpose of life’. In her exploration of this theme she realises the importance of the four elements: Wind/Air, Water, Earth, and Fire, and that in the absence of any of these elements, the world could not function in the perfect and orderly manner that it does. Aisha’s work brings together the disciplines of faith and science through the form of contemporary, conceptual art. Art and science, and faith and science, have been inter-linked for centuries, yet many people feel that there is a myth about their unity. For Aisha, this unity exists, as there is an element of spirituality in each of these three disciplines, which is the essence of her work. In this series, titled The Big Bang, the expansion of colour, which is determined by the many tonalities of the four elements of nature, spans across every canvas. Her paintings exude colour, calmness, serenity and unity, all of which reflect a contemplative form. She applies painterly techniques which are paramount to the picture plane that she creates. The textural surfaces of these paintings, take the viewer’s mind into another world, beyond the canvas. The narrative of Aisha’s paintings unfold in a series of layers. Before she even starts to put paint onto canvas she has already worked through preparatory layers, the most important of which is to develop the initial source of inspiration, which requires much research and contemplation. As this contemplation provides layers of discovery and understanding, so the painting itself is built up from a series of layers, with revelations expressed through the varied realisation of colours, processes and techniques in each successive layer. From the initial source of inspiration to the final layer of paint on the canvas Aisha’s work reflects her very spiritual and philosophical nature. She paints from the subconscious and there is a deep appreciation behind every process and technique, every layer upon layer that she applies and every painting she creates,


1 Big Bang & The Four Elements oil on canvas 175 x 175 cm (69 x 69 in)


2 Splitting of The Heavens and The Earth diptych mixed media on canvas 75 x 150 cm (30 x 59 in) x 2


3 Big Bang III oil on canvas 25 x 30 cm (10 x 12 in)


4 Big Bang IV diptych, oil on canvas 25 x 30 cm (10 x 12 in) x 2


5 Big Bang II polyptych, mixed media on canvas 55 x 55 cm (22 x 22 in) x 4


6 Big Bang V polyptych, mixed media on canvas 40 x 40 cm (16 x 16 in) x 4


7 Water III oil on canvas 130 x 100 cm (51 x 39 in)


8 Earth II oil on canvas 130 x 100 cm (51 x 39 in)


9 Wind / Air II oil on canvas 130 x 100 cm (51 x 39 in)


10 Fire II oil on canvas 130 x 100 cm (51 x 39 in)


AISHA CAAN 1959

Born Bombay, India (Nationality British)

Education 1977-1980 2000-2013 2002-2003 2003 2004-2006 2006-2008

London College of Fashion SIAD & College Certificates in Fashion Design Private Course in Arabic Language Private Course in Arabic Calligraphy Fine Art, Central St Martins, London Kensington & Chelsea College, London BTEC Diploma in Fine Art & HNC in Fine Art Central St Martins School of Art, London MA IN Fine Art

Employment 1980-1981 1981-1982 1982-1988 1983-1987 1988-2000

Charnos Design Studio, London, Assistant Fashion Designer Freelance Fashion Designer Proprietor of House of Aisha Boutiques, London London College of Fashion, Part-time Lecturer in Fashion Design Alexander Mann Associates, Global Human Resources Co. Procurement Director

Solo Shows 2011 2009 2008 2007

Elements of Nature, Albemarle Gallery, London ING Bank Exhibition, Spirit of the Sublime, ING Bank Head Office, London Lloyds TSB Exhibition, Creation, Private Banking Head Office, London House of Lords Exhibition, Sponsors Event House of Lords, London

Selected Group Exhibitions 2013 2012 2010 2009 2008 2006

Triton Galleries, Devon Triton Galleries, Devon Russian Art Fair, Park Lane Hotel, London MWB Business Exchange, Mica Gallery, London Speak, Write, Read, Create, GPU Islamic Exhibition, Excel Centre, London Eid Exhibition, KPMG Corporate Head Office, London MA Fine Art Interim Show, The Barge House, London MA Fine Art Degree Show, Charing Cross, London The Stanley Show, Hortensia Gallery, London

Appointments 2012 2012

Chair of the Development Council for the University of the Arts London Trustee of the Court of Governors for the University of the Arts London

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