Born in 1992, in the Hague, Amaan's early childhood in The Netherlands embedded him with nature, whilst his extensive travels to the rich cultural capitals of Europe helped inculcate an appreciation of art. Later did his undergraduate program in Geography, Economics & Environment at McGill University, he completed a Masters of Fine Art in Studio Art from Florence in 2016, and most recently graduated with a second Masters degree in Visual Islamic & Traditional Art from the The Prince’s School of Traditional Arts in London.
Amaan’s cross-cultural exposure and academic background in Geography influence his artwork as he portrays social, environmental & political issues of our time. Combining traditional South Asian patterns with figurative elements and writing, to cityscapes and landscapes in watercolour, acrylic and oil, his mixed-media pieces offer a wide variety. Fascinated by natural materials, including hand-ground pigments and handmade paper, his recent body of work draws inspiration from the rich tradition of Indo-Persian miniature painting, particularly examining architecture and incorporating it with cartography and the philosophy of sacred geometry.
Amaan has also been working with ceramic, creating both sculptural works, influenced by animal forms, as well as pottery and tiles painted to combine traditional Islamic geometric patterns and natural biomorphic designs.
His works have been exhibited in London, Florence, Karachi, Lahore, Nottingham and Suzhou (China) and are held in public & private collections.
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