Khushna Sulaman-Butt, born in 1995 in Blackburn, UK, completed her BFA in Fine Art at Oxford University in 2016 and her
MFA at the Slade School of Fine Art in 2021. Khushna creates large scale figurative works, whose subjects are rooted in
her British-Pakistani background as well as in the exploration of aesthetics of the female body, the subversive exchange
of power latent in gender, societal expectation and stereotype. The Artist creates her art working from original
photography, allowing the viewer to gain a position of either dominance or submission, questioning our perceptions of
identity and culture.
Most of Khushna’s work is focused on the modern society and is in particular influenced by Guy Debord’s “The Society of
the Spectacle”, capturing individuals who exist in the spectacle of mass-media and exploring a relationship between the
subjects and the media. Similar to photography, in her paintings Khushna depicts her subjects in and out of focus,
exhibiting a strong degree of dynamism, questioning perceptions and the qualities of the mediums used further.
In 2017, Khushna’s work ‘Society’ was selected for the National Portrait Gallery Award. She also took part in the Sky
Portrait Artist of the Year in 2019. Furthermore, Khushna has been shortlisted for several awards, including ACS Studio
Prize (2020), BP Portrait Award (2020), Aesthetica Art Prize (2017) and was also the winner of the British Muslim of the
Year (2018) Arts and Cultural Awareness Award, for her works representing people of Muslim heritage and racial minority.
Khushna’s work was exhibited at the Saatchi Graduate Show “Grads Now” (2020) and in RCA/Slade School Graduation Show
(2020) at Kristin Hjellegjerde Gallery. Other shows include Transtango Urban Encounters Dreaming Cities at the Leicester
University Athena Theatre, Leicester, UK (2019); Bare Lines, Safehouse Copeland Road, London, UK (2019); Pulling Teeth,
ASC Gallery, The Chaplin Centre, London, United Kingdom (2019); 2017 BP Portrait Award (2-17); Sunderland Museum and
Winter Gardens, Sunderland (2018); Ruskin BFA/ MFA Show, Ruskin School of Art, Oxford, UK (2016); National Students Art
Exhibition, Royal Society of British Artists Mall Galleries (2012).