cambridge contemporary art

Shazia Mahmood

Since completing her artistic studies, Shazia has devoted her time to the exploration of a very specific and quite unique method of painting. Her process-based technique relies on the phenomenon of chromatography - the colour-separation reaction that occurs when two specific mediums interact. In her work the base medium is a layer of PVA glue on canvas. When inks are then applied the glue draws out the individual dyes to create a distinctive colour transition. 

For the past 10 years Shazia has painted exclusively from an area around the Western Isles. She has been captivated by this area primarily because of the pure drama and the multitude of changing weather conditions – evoked through her intimate knowledge of the chromatic technique, allowing her to control the progress of each reaction to produce her desired visual result. 

Shazia then decided to move away from these scenes and experimented with the East Anglian landscape, capturing the beautiful scenery around that coastal area and producing pieces which are just as powerful as the Scottish coastline.

About her current exhibition:

"This year I would have been showing with Cambridge Contemporary Art for 10 years which I am really proud of. They are an incredible gallery and I am thrilled to be with them after all this time.

This show is about my recent Journey to the very tip of Scotland. The North West Highlands, particularly the area Assynt, Durness, Balnakeil and Lairg. This show will include all my new and exclusive paintings of this particular area.

I will also be showing a few favourite places of mine Elgol, Skye and the West Coast. This show for me is about showing new techniques as well as showing these new areas.

The North West Highlands was such an incredible surprise the mountains were so extreme and vast the light on this particular landscape was such that it was unforgettable. I have started to use new mediums as well in this body of work so it's important to show these new techniques which I hope have developed over the years."

The works illustrated below are intended to give you a taste of what the gallery has to offer, please email us on info@cambridgegallery.co.uk or call us on 01223 324222 to find out which pieces are currently available. Prices range from £300 - £2,400.


Rum and Eigg II

mixed media

76 x 100 cm

£2,000

The paintings below will be available at the gallery from the 30th of March during our joint exhibition of Shazia Mahmood and Anthony Theakston.

For more information please visit our exhibitions page or to make an enquiry use the enquiry button below. 

After the storm Holkham

50 x 74cm

oil on canvas 

Beams at Holkham

50 x 50

oil on canvas

Dark skies coming in at Holkham 

34 x 68cm

acrytlic on paper

Holkham rains 

50 x 50cm

oil on canvas

Red Skies Fens 30 x 30cm oil on canvas  

Red Skies Fens

30 x 30cm

oil on canvas

 

Low tide at Holkham 

29 x 40cm

acrylic on paper

A Holkham dusk 

30 x 90cm

oil on canvas

Rolling Clouds Holkham 30 x 90cm oil on canvas  

Rolling Clouds Holkham

30 x 90cm

oil on canvas

 

Storm at Holkham  29 x 40cm acrylic on paper      

Storm at Holkham

 29 x 40cm

acrylic on paper

 

 

 

Rolling Seas Holkham 50 x 74cm Oil on canvas

Rolling Seas Holkham

50 x 74cm

Oil on canvas

After the rain Holkham 

80 x 100cm

oil on canvas

Arisaig

50 x 50xm

oil on canvas

Clouds on the move 

34 x 68cm

acrylic on paper

Hazy Holkham 

50 x 50cm

oil on canvas

Light on the horizon 

50 x 50cm

oil on canvas

Sunset  29 x 45cm acrylic on paper 

Sunset 

29 x 45cm

acrylic on paper 

Moving Cloud Holkham 60 x 130cm oil on canvas

Moving Cloud Holkham

60 x 130cm

oil on canvas

Turquiose seas Holkham 34 x 68cm acrylic on paper

Turquiose seas Holkham

34 x 68cm

acrylic on paper

The Fens 50 x 50cm oil on canvas

The Fens

50 x 50cm

oil on canvas

Pink Skies Holkham 34 x 68cm acrylic on paper

Pink Skies Holkham

34 x 68cm acrylic on paper