Lot 198 - Yasmin Hayat - A Vast, Veiled Promise
Watercolour, palladium & gold (23 carat) on paper
Signed on Verso
This auction is raising proceeds for War Child UK
Yasmin Hayat (b.1990) is a British-Syrian artist who studied painting at Central Saint Martins before specialising in the arts of the SWANA region at the Prince's Foundation School of Traditional Arts. Inspired by her Syrian heritage, Yasmin has developed a language of painting which is derived from an old Arabic style and incorporates contemporary Western and Indo-Persian techniques. Her work is a considered blend of Eastern and Western methodology which she uses to explore themes of migration, identity and memory.
2009-2013 (BA), Central Saint Martins, Painting.
2016-2018 MA (distinction), The Prince's School of Traditional Arts, Miniature Painting.
2018 Kairos Award, presented by HRH Prince Charles. 2 2016 Al Bukhary award and scholarship.
Selected Group Exhibitions
2022 The Miniature Show, Jonathan Cooper Gallery, London. 2022 Egyptomania, Soane Britain, London.
2022 Spotlight on New Talents, Jonathan Cooper Gallery, London. 2021 Paradise Gardens, Aga Khan Gallery, London.
2019 Carpet Pages II: Roots, Mile end Gallery, London.
2019 Meet the Artist, Watts Gallery, Guilford.
2019 Royal Institute of Painters in Watercolours, Mall Galleries, London.
2018 The Chelsea Art Society’s Annual Exhibition, London, UK.
2018 The Alumni Show, Yuan Centre, Suzhou, China.
2018 The Degree Show, Prince’s Foundation School of Traditional Arts, London. 2016 Create for Calais, London.
2014 Tales of a Genocide, London.
2013 Degree Show, Central Saint Martins, London.
Publications & Press
2022 Living with Art, Veranda Magazine, Issue 5, Volume 36, USA.
2022 Creatives at Home, Home & Gardens Magazine, UK.
2021 British-Syrian Artist Yasmin Hayat’s Meaningful Miniatures.
2020 Does the Arab World (Still) Exist? Arab World Institute, Paris.
2019 In Her Courtyard: Reflections on Structures of Impermanence, Talin Hazbar, Abu Dhabi. 2018 Featured artist, Google Arts and Culture.
2018 Arab Arts in London: Degree Show Spotlight, Arab British Centre.
Jonathan Cooper Gallery
Statement about AOAP Submitted Artwork
What is it to be lost at sea? The Sea Sea? A metaphorical sea? Sea is bigger than us. Will we ever emerge from this? The sea? There is light within this sea. Waters murky. I see it. A trick, a promise. A grin. A glint. And what now Sea? You… The Sea Sea. You… The metaphorical Sea. Is that …hope that I see?
This series of Persian inspired miniatures are painted using handmade paints derived from carmine and the indigo plant. Gold and palladium accents highlight the moon, sun and stars within each piece.
Each painting explores the relationships between opposites. They are metaphors for the journeys we take when we have nothing but hope and fear packaged tightly into frayed bags. For those of us who plunge into darkness, paving the path forward. Frightened rabbits with brave souls and nothing else to lose.
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