Shabana Kauser’s contemporary realistic oil paintings are influenced by her shared experiences as the daughter of Pakistani immigrants, and as an immigrant to the United States. Her paintings of South Asian immigrant women explore memories of cultural, social, and economic transition. Along with ornate, precisely-rendered jewelry, the Dupatta, a traditional scarf worn in South Asian countries, permeates portraits, referencing not only to her personal journey, but those of past, present, and future generations of immigrants.
Shabana was born and lived in the UK for almost 30 years. Her parents emigrated from Pakistan in the 1970’s and settled in the South of England. She is a first generation immigrant. Shabana achieved her degrees, a BSc in Business IT and a MSc in Information Management in London. She worked in the corporate world before her husband was presented with a work opportunity in the US. In 2008, she moved from Central London UK, to the US, and settled in Fayetteville Arkansas. Here, she discovered her love for creating.
In 2017 she formally introduced her work and enjoyed her very first Exhibit. Shabana has now enjoyed successful Gallery Exhibits in Arkansas, Texas and Missouri. She has been voted into a number National/International Juried Exhibits. Some of her notable exhibits include 21c Museum, a solo exhibit titled ‘Journey’ at Argenta Gallery in AR, and group shows at Fort Works Art and the Jones Gallery in Missouri. As a self taught artist, Shabana is always building her knowledge, she attended the University of Arts London, St. Martin’s College in the UK, and also completed the Artist Inc program that is organized by the Mid-American Arts Alliance. Shabana was awarded the ‘Sally A.Williams fund’ from the Arkansas Arts Council in 2017.
Shabana has been featured in a number of publications and press releases. Some notable ones include Northwest AR Alive (Emmy nominated TV series) where she had a solo interview, Little Rock Soiree Magazine, Arkansas Times, KUAF Radio and Studio Visit Magazine where she was featured on the cover. Shabana is currently represented by Saatchi Art. View CV View Artist Statement 0