Swadeka Ahsun’s work is a blend of Islamic and Western art. Born in Mauritius, Ashsun started painting as a child and throughout her adolescence was greatly inspired by her natural surroundings of the sea, sky and mountainous landscapes punctuated with magnificent Islamic architecture.
She later studied at the University of Westminster in London, where she graduated with BA (Hons) and MA in Islamic Studies. Ashsun studied art privately receiving tuition from several distinguished art scholars including Professor Critchlow of the Visual Islamic and Traditional Arts Department (VITA) of the Prince of Wales Institute of Islamic Architecture, whilst undertaking postgraduate studies in fine arts at Chelsea College of Art and Design.
Inspired by her religion, Ashsun’s Islamic paintings are mainly abstract and decorative, at times portraying geometric with floral and calligraphic designs that focuses on the spiritual representation of objects. Her style is pensive and timeless.
She has participated in many group and solo exhibitions both in the United Kingdom and abroad, including “Islam in Europe (2002), Best of British Islam, Solo Show Port-Louis, Mauritius by courtesy of the Mayor of Port-Louis ( 2004), Governor House Fundraising Gala Event for the survivors of the Pakistan earthquake (2005) and most recently she has exhibited in an Art & Calligraphy Show which formed part of the Islam Expo at Alexandra Palace, London (2006).
Swadeka Ahsun has travelled widley and now lives and works in London and her paintings are in public and private collections world wide.
Her exhibition is at the Royal Commonwealth Society Commonwealth Club25 Northumberland Avenue, London WC2N 5AP
until 30 January 2007.The World Congress of Faiths'
visit is at 2pm on 25 January. Meet us there!