Khushna Sulaman-Butt (B. 1995, UK) completed her BFA in Fine Art at Oxford University in 2016 and her MFA at the Slade School of Fine Art in 2021. Sulaman-Butt creates large scale figurative works, whose subjects are rooted in the artist’s British-Pakistani background as well as in the exploration of aesthetics of the female body, the subversive exchange of power latent in gender, societal expectation and stereotype. The artist creates her art working from original photography, allowing the viewer to gain a position of either dominance or submission, questioning our perceptions of identity and culture.
Group exhibitions include Devil’s in the details, Kristin Hjellegjerde Gallery, London, UK (2020); Graduate Show “Grads Now”, Saatchi Gallery (2020); RCA/Slade School Graduation Show, Kristin Hjellegjerde Gallery, London (2020); Transtango Urban Encounters Dreaming Cities at the Leicester University Athena Theatre, Leicester, UK (2019); Bare Lines, Safehouse Copeland Road, London, UK (2019); Pulling Teeth, ASC Gallery, The Chaplin Centre, London, United Kingdom (2019); 2017 BP Portrait Award (2-17); Sunderland Museum and Winter Gardens, Sunderland (2018); Ruskin BFA/ MFA Show, Ruskin School of Art, Oxford, UK (2016); National Students Art Exhibition, Royal Society of British Artists Mall Galleries (2012).
Highlights and Collections
In 2017, Khushna Sulaman-Butt’s work ‘Society’ was selected for the National Portrait Gallery Award. She also took part in the Sky Portrait Artist of the Year in 2019. Furthermore, Sulaman-Butt has been shortlisted for several awards, including ACS Studio Prize (2020), BP Portrait Award (2020), the Aesthetica Art Prize (2017) and was also the recipient of a British Muslim of the Year Award (2018) for her works representing people of Muslim heritage and racial minority.