Khushna Sulaman-Butt

Khushna Sulaman-Butt, born in 1995 in Blackburn, UK, completed her BFA in Fine Art at Oxford University in 2016 and is currently studying for her MFA at the Slade School of Fine Art. 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. Most of Khushna Sulaman-Butt’s work is focused on the modern society and is in particular influenced by a text written by Guy Debord “The Society of the Spectacle”, capturing individuals who exist in the spectacle of mass-media and exploring a relationship between the subjects and the media. Similar to photography, in her paintings Sulaman-Butt depicts her subjects in and out of focus, exhibiting a strong degree of dynamism, questioning our perception and the qualities of the mediums used further. In 2017, 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. Most recently, Sulaman-Butt’s work participated in the Saatchi Graduate Show “Grads Now” in 2020 and in RCA/Slade School Graduation Show at Kristin Hjellegjerde Gallery. Other shows include 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).