An Artist, whose works are placed at Buckingham Palace, and received acknowledgement from Her Majesty, The Queen in July 2012.

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BIOGRAPHY

A British Asian Artist, who likes to bridge the gap between East and West in Art.

“Her artwork takes a critical view of personalities and social justice and cultural issues in human figures on canvases. There is a figurative focus that gives more curb over others and it is personifying away from photographic manner in paintings. In her work, I deconstruct the global dream, seasoning, music & dance, ideology, my reality, social justice and my writings that are part of our childhood and adult culture in a striving manner to vivid imagination from the Artist’s perception. Having engaged subjects as diverse as the impressionism yet realism and freestyle movement, to absorb all the influence that the West and East has to offer, my work reproduces familiar visual signs, arranging them into new conceptually layered pigments in oils and dry pastels outlining. The subjects always determine the materials and forms of the work. The radiant colours used are always conveying the Artist’s vibes and positive influences towards oneself and spreading it out to viewers that are kind to one’s pupils, which reflects mind psyche in an inviting manner. The uses of oils paint application are mind game to understand the dimensions from one skin to another in thickness and therefore become a puzzle to understand the expression shown in a loud mode, rather than predictable copy-like subjects that are no indication of language of art in terms of colours and movements in today’s modern era.”

The ‘Paintings of Tribute’ by Amina Ansari of Her Majesty the Queen Elizabeth II and His Highness Prince Phillip were received by the Buckingham Palace on Monday 9th July 2012.

Amina a British Asian Artist, who likes to bridge the gap between East and West in Art.’

She was born in London, studied at Central Saint Martins, London College of Printing and National College of Arts in Lahore, Pakistan.
She has been fascinated by culture and history of East, from where her family came to Britain, and the West where she was born and spent most of her life. She works mainly in oils, her various works show the heavy strokes flow of colour and are a mixture of the two ways of life. An inquisitive eye finds the colours of East and West blended in portraits with the dexterity and devotion of an artist.

Amina has on credit the longest running exhibition at the BBC, Bush House London in Nov 2002 to Oct 2003 on the 70th Anniversary of the World Service. She has been awarded Nazia Hasan Foundation Award at the House of Commons. In September 2004, her work was shown and sold for Charity, in the largest Asian exhibition known as ‘Sakhi’ in Manhattan, New York. This Organisation is known for helping Asian women, with a background of violence and abuse.

She was one of the ten winners from ‘Seventh Annual Young Artists’ exhibition entitled as ‘RED HOT’, at Alhamra Art Gallery, in Lahore, April 2011. Her work was also shown at the contemporary art exhibition ‘Concert of Colours’ at Omani Society for Fine Arts October 2011 and received much acclamation. She is currently working on the portraits of the British Royal Family and would like to pay a tribute to the ‘Queen’, on her diamond jubilee by presenting her portrait.

Amina has showcased her paintings at House of Commons, Parliament in London – January 2012.

And now the ‘Paintings of Tribute’ to mark the Diamond Jubilee of Her Majesty the Queen, is one of her biggest achievement as an Artist.

By Idrees Bakhtiar, BBC World Service Correspondent in Karachi.
3rd October

Amina Ansari studied in the field of Art in Central Saint Martins and London College of Printing. Both these pretigions learning centres are part of The London Institute.

She studied in Book Arts & Crafts as major subjects. She has been fascinated by culture and history of East, from where her family came to Britain, and the West where she was born and spent most of her life.

Her work are a mixture of the two ways of life. An inquisitive eye finds the colours of East and West blended in landscape and portraits with the dextevity and devotion of an upcoming artist.

At the beginning, Amina had no passion for art as she was thrown into the field. Born at the turn of 20th Century, Amina passionately looks to the future. The use of bright colours reflect hope in the young generation and optimism in the future of humanity.

Amina has painted Nazia Hasan, when she was suffering from illness. The portrait is abtract yet realistic. The pain, has been expertly depicted in the use of dry pastels.

She works in oils, water colours, dry pastels and mixed media. Like the gifted ones she does not plan her work. It flows from her inner depth and most of the time, the completed work is a surprise to even herself. She is a self-taught artist and her various works show the smooth flow of brush and colour.

Amina has painted portraits, landscapes and abtract paintings. Some of them are reflective of culture. One of her work, Afghan Refugee Kids catches the despair and misery of the uprooted children at a Mohajir Camp. At the same time the portraits of six children show glimmer of hope and smile, indicating their courage.

Amina has held many exhibitions in Britain. She has on credit the longest running exhibition at the BBC headquaters, Bush House, from Nov 2002 to Oct 2003, on the 70th Anniversary of the World Service.

She has been awarded Nazia Hasan Foundation Award at the House of Commons, on the first death Anniversary of the great artiste. As she was chosen for the first award, Amina has been made the founding member of NHF.

ACHIEVEMENT

Oct 2011

‘Concert of Colours’ is the theme of a contemporary art exhibition due to run at the Omani Society for Fine Arts for October. The exhibition, showcasing paintings by prominent and world renowned artists from Pakistan, and my work is amongst them.

April 2011

One of ten winners from Seventh Annual Young Artists’ exhibition entitled as ‘RED HOT’, at Alhamra Art Gallery, in Lahore. The exhibition was one of the major art shows in Lahore. The gallery had works from Quetta, Multan, Peshawar, Faisalabad, interior Sindh, Karachi, Mardan, Gilgit, Rawalpindi and Islamabad.

July 2010 – to date

Pakistan Flood Relief – independently worked and generated a strong team of Volunteers, from National College of Arts, for Punjab affected areas with the worldwide donations of R.S. 950,000 in just two weeks.

April 2009 – Nov 2009

Mela Ram Project – researched and painted on the entrepreneur Mela Ram, who lived in Pakistan before partition. Twenty-three portraits were painted for the project.

Sept 2004

My work was shown and sold for Charity, in the largest Asian exhibition known as ‘Sakhi’ in Manhattan, New York. This Organisation is known for helping Asian women, with a background of violence and abuse.

Nov 2003

Nazia Hassan Foundation Award, an achievement as a British Asian Artist at the House of Commons.

Nov 2002 – Sept 2003

An article was published on my exhibition in the BBC World Service London magazine, ‘Arial’ and the Head of Current Affairs, Andrew Whitehead, for ‘World Today’ broadcasted on air. Also PTV Prime Television covered the exhibition and I was interviewed live, based on my BBC art gallery success. The exhibition was held at BBC Bush House for 70th Anniversary which lasted for 8 months.

Nov 2002

Exhibition in North West London (Institute of Teachers, Harrow) at Dr. Allama Iqbal’s Day event.

Sept 2002

Exhibition in Manchester at a Book Launch Event.

Sept 1993 – Dec 1999

Black Belt in Martial Art Karate, ‘Sam-Tu-Dang’.
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AWARDS

Alhamra ‘RED HOT’ Award for Young Artists Exhibition – April ’11
Nazia Hassan Foundation