New York

Hiba Schahbaz, Roots (After Frida), 2020, watercolor, gouache, tea, and gold leaf on wasli, 14 × 11".

Hiba Schahbaz, Roots (After Frida), 2020, watercolor, gouache, tea, and gold leaf on wasli, 14 × 11".

Hiba Schahbaz

De Buck Gallery

Born in Karachi, Pakistan, Hiba Schahbaz studied Indo-Persian miniature painting in Lahore before moving to New York about a decade ago. Her work melds the formal traditions of this genre with contemporary interests of self-representation, as the perspectives of female artists are virtually absent from the history of this type of imagemaking. Schahbaz’s art features stylized nude figures based on her own likeness and range in scale from small paintings to life-size installations composed of paper cutouts. “In Solitude,” her online-only exhibition at De Buck Gallery, featured seven intimately sized compositions—rendered with tea, watercolor, and gouache on handmade wasli paper—that she painted at home during the Covid-19 quarantine. Within these constraints of space and media she created compositions of sumptuous detail, calling attention to the everyday textures and joy many of us summoned

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