About the Artist
Shani Osman graduated with a first class degree in Fine Art in 2011, from the University of Chichester.
Since completing her degree, Shani has exhibited in a number of different galleries, including the Mall Galleries in London, and has recently been accepted for the Threadneedle Prize 2012.
‘Coming from a racially mixed background I have always questioned my identity and been observant of others’.
Inspired by Chris Ofili’s mid career retrospective at Tate Britain (2010), Shani decided to travel to Malawi, Africa (the birth place of her nan and mother’s family) in hope to develop her own signature style and learn more about her roots. The two week visit had an immediate impact on her work. She became fascinated with people and representation, recalling: ‘In Malawi we were treated like celebrities and the children would imitate and mirror our actions, because they could see that we were European. Unlike Malawi, the UK is a very multi – cultural society, yet in both countries the way in which an individual is treated is governed by how they are seen.’
Upon her return, Shani developed her own unique style, and since then her signature mark marking and gestural brush strokes are present in all of her work.
‘My paintings are precise, yet painterly, creating a likeness with an abstract surface. It is very much about seeing, using the brush marks to define the figure.’