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.


A Holkham Dusk

30 x 90cm

oil on canvas

£600

SOLD

Moving Cloud Holkham  60 x 130cm  oil on canvas  £625  SOLD

Moving Cloud Holkham

60 x 130cm

oil on canvas

£625

SOLD

Rum and Eigg II

76 x 102 cm

mixed media

£2,000

Hazy Holkham

51 x 51cm

oil on canvas

£750

Reflections on the Fens

54 x 78cm

acrylic on paper

FRAMED

£625

The Fens  51 x 51cm  oil on canvas  £750

The Fens

51 x 51cm

oil on canvas

£750

Low tide at Holkham

61 x 50cm

acrylic on paper

£375

SOLD

Turquiose seas Holkham  54 x 78cm  acrylic on paper  FRAMED  £625

Turquiose seas Holkham

54 x 78cm

acrylic on paper

FRAMED

£625

Rolling Seas Holkham  51 x 76cm  Oil on canvas  £900

Rolling Seas Holkham

51 x 76cm

Oil on canvas

£900

Summer Holkham

30 x 30 cm

oil on canvas

£300

SOLD

Windy Skies

76 x 101cm

oil on canvas

£2000

Summer Haze

51 x 77 cm

oil on canvas

£900

After the Rain Holkham

80 x 102cm

oil on canvas

£2000

SOLD

Last Light

31 x 31cm

oil in canvas

SOLD

Clouds on the Move

54 x 78cm

acrylic on paper

FRAMED

£625

Beams at Holkham

51 x 51

oil on canvas

£750

Storm at Holkham  61 x 50cm  acrylic on paper    £375

Storm at Holkham

61 x 50cm

acrylic on paper

£375

Pink Skies Holkham  54 x 78cm  acrylic on paper  FRAMED  £625

Pink Skies Holkham

54 x 78cm

acrylic on paper

FRAMED

£625

Calming Seas at Holkham

76 x 101 cm

oil on canvas

£2000

Arisaig West Coast Scotland

51 x 51xm

oil on canvas

£750

SOLD

Sunset  61 x 49cm  acrylic on paper  FRAMED  £375

Sunset

61 x 49cm

acrylic on paper

FRAMED

£375

Holkham

61 x 122 cm

oil on canvas

SOLD

Holkham Seas

80 x 102cm

oil on canvas

£2000

Holkham Rains

50 x 50cm

oil on canvas

SOLD

Dark Skies Coming in at Holkham

54 x 78cm

acrylic on paper

FRAMED

£625

Red Skies Fens  31 x 31cm  oil on canvas  £300  SOLD

Red Skies Fens

31 x 31cm

oil on canvas

£300

SOLD

Last Light Holkham

61 x 50cm

acrylic on paper

FRAMED

SOLD

Rolling Clouds Holkham  30 x 78cm  oil on canvas  £750

Rolling Clouds Holkham

30 x 78cm

oil on canvas

£750

After the storm Holkham

51 x 76cm

oil on canvas

£900

Light on the Horizon

51 x 51cm

oil on canvas

SOLD

Blue Sea Skies

76 x 101 cm

oil on canvas

£2000

After the Storm in Assynt

50 x 50 cm

oil on canvas

SOLD