Furrah Syed (London)
Furrah Syed is a London born artist who, having studied Fine Art and Textile Design along with Art History, chose to pursue an alternative career in banking, finance and marketing. In 2006, in the midst of a career break to raise family, she accompanied her husband on an international assignment to India. This move rekindled her passion for abstract art and motivated her to once again put to canvas the imaginative mix of colours and textures inspired by the dynamic vibrancy of life in India. This brought an exciting new dimension to her work and subsequently led to success and recognition, resulting not only in numerous exhibitions but also in commissions by corporate and private clients in Asia, Europe and North America.

Furrah’s abstracts show a strong commitment to colour, texture and movement. Focusing primarily on ‘pure’ colour, Furrah uses the canvas as a vehicle to promote the drama created by the interaction of pigment with brushes and various other tools. Her bold experimentations using mixed media such as wax, papier-mâché, sand and ink have been well received within the art community. Her paintings have a very strong visual effect and compel the viewer to feel the energy on an emotional level.

Furrah re-located back to UK in 2009 and, working from her new studio in North London, she continues to put to canvas images that originate from a level deep within the sub-conscience. Her passion is to create large scale mystical, almost baroque works which offer an overwhelming variety of dramatic images which are further enhanced when presented in altered lighting.

Having extensively indulged in her thirst for travel by visiting many destinations across the globe, Furrah has derived a vast amount of inspiration from each journey. Her other inspirations, particularly earlier in her career, were drawn from works by celebrated artists such as Jackson Pollock and Edvard Munch as well as the more contemporary abstracts of Gerhard Richter.

Through her art Furrah has been able to support a number of charitable organisations that benefit underprivileged children. Additionally, she has been conducting art appreciation workshops with blind/ visually impaired students in London to explore art using the sense of touch as well as to create art using very dexterous materials. She will be conducting similar art workshops across the UK as well as in Australia and Hong Kong later this year.