Shani Osman

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.’

Trigger
Trigger

Acrylic on Board
Size: 
400mm x 500mm
SOLD

Bare
Bare

Charcoal on Paper
Size framed: 
525mm x 725mm
POA

Brother
Brother

Charcoal on Paper
Size framed: 
525mm x 725mm
POA

boys 2
Boys 2

Acrylic on Board
Size: 
900mm x 600mm
POA

Market 2 tn
Market 2

Charcoal on paper
Size framed: 
525mm x 725mm
POA

Journey
Journey

Charcoal on Paper
Size framed: 
525mm x 725mm
POA

 


untitled 78 (group)

Untitled 78 (Group)

Acrylic on Board
Size: 
1200mm x 800mm
POA

leer
Leer

Acrylic on Board
Size: 
610mm x 910mm
POA

untitled 26
Untitled 26

Acrylic on Board
Size: 
610mm x 910mm
SOLD

untitled 70
Untitled 70

Acrylic on Board
Size: 
610mm x 910mm
SOLD

untitled 79
Untitled 79 (Group)

Acrylic on Board
Size: 
800mm x 1200mm
POA

untitled 62
Untitled 62

Acrylic on Board
Size: 
400mm x 400mm
SOLD

 

untitled 7
Untitled 7

Acrylic on Board
Size: 
610mm x 910mm
SOLD

untitled 35
Untitled 35

Acrylic on Board
Size: 
310mm x 310mm
SOLD