Bina Shah

Bina Shah is a contemporary visual artist based in London (UK).

In her work she explores the sense of place in an intuitive manner. Bina directly translates her experience immersed in the natural and urban environment from which she draws her endless source of inspiration. Her work is often characterised as being monochromatic and through textures, patterns in the sequences of seasons, often focusing on small details employing a close relationship with mediums; using cold wax painting techniques, printmaking, ceramics and mixing materials and methods which become a dominant driver. She selects surfaces that allow her to use a more diverse range of materials, tools and techniques to create textures and reveal undertones.

Her work evolves as a result of experimenting with different materials and techniques, which leads to unexpected discoveries and an uncertain resonance to explore and develop further. Through a process of continual layering, building, etching, abrasion and deconstruction, incorporating indigenous materials, a surface is established, and the resulting image is often ambiguous, challenging perception of the viewer to find their own definition and narrative or may at times echo memories of a place evoking nature or an emotional response. 

Her work conveys a sense of contemplative abstract familiarity.

Currently she is exploring new surfaces to work with including Mokuhanga printmaking techniques to explore further her interest in mark making, tones and textures.

Prices and Awards

Awarded Excellence in Printmaking Prize ELP at Woolwich Contemporary Print Fair, 2021

Shortlisted for Boodle Hatfield Printmaking Prize 2020

Joint Winner of New Entrants Prize – Broadway Arts Festival, 2020

Winner of Woolwich Contemporary Print Prize 2019

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