I scrutinize the repulsion and beauty found in ordinary spaces and situations, and question the normalcy of the seemingly mundane matters in life. For example; how a man inside a woman leads to the birth of another human; turning the woman into a mound of soil in which a human germinates like a plant from a seed, and in the process disfigures the woman to the limits of possibility.
It is in dealing with these observations that I draw them out, to find a place for things that are neither here nor there. Slowly laying out translucent layers of watercolour, I work toward pronouncing some areas, while covering others entirely, almost decoratively as if to say “you didn’t belong, but now you do, or you did belong and now you don’t.” I leave some questions to chance, answer others more definitively, hovering somewhere between restraint and complete spontaneity. The idea is to develop a space or landscape with both extremes in it; the abhorrent and the fantastic. Coexisting to form one complete picture; thriving in the gray areas, its a subtle dance between “is it” and “is it not”.

Sara Khan was born in Birmingham, England in 1984 and raised in Lahore, Pakistan. She holds a BFA (with honours) from National College of Arts, Lahore (2008). Her works have been featured in several national and international group exhibitions. She was selected as one among 13 international artists for the Bag Art camp, an international art residency in Bergen, Norway (2012). She was also selected to be a part of the 13 Satellites of Lahore, a public art work shop held at the Annemarie Schimmel Haus, Lahore (2006).
She lives and works in Vancouver, Canada.

2004–2008 National College of Arts, Lahore. B.F.A. (with honours), Specialization in Painting; Minor in printmaking.

Selected Solo & Group Exhibitions
2018 Group: Vancouver Mural Festival: Year three, Burrard Arts Foundation, Vancouver
2018 Group: Discovery, Seymour Art Gallery, Vancouver
2018 Group: Chowkandi Art Gallery, Karachi
2018 Group: Neither Here Nor There, South Main Gallery, Vancouver
2018 Group: Do You See What I See by Zista Arts, The Super Wonder Gallery, Toronto
2018 Group show: Get Lucky Art Show by District Local, Fortune Sound, Vancouver
2017 Group show: UglyPretty, Taseer Art Gallery, Lahore
2017 Two person show: Silent Disparities, Deer Lake Gallery, Vancouver
2017 Group: Bad People, Hot Art Wet City, Vancouver
2017 Group: What is Seen and Not Seen, With or Without Seeing, Gandhara Art Space, Karachi
2016 Group: Aerial Cartographies, Canvas Art Gallery, Karachi
2015 Group: They Really Live the Real Reality, Twelve Gates Arts, Philadelphia
2013 Charity Auction: Pakistan Rising, Bonhams, London
2013 Group: Three person show, Canvas Art Gallery, Karachi
2013 Group: My Name is Khan, IVS Gallery, Karachi
2012 Group: Band Baaja Baaraat, IVS Gallery, Karachi
2012 Solo: The Unsolicited Sidekick, Canvas Art Gallery, Karachi
2010 Solo: Error 404, Rohtas Art Gallery, Islamabad
2010 Solo: Error 404, Alhamra Art Gallery, Lahore
2008 Annual Exhibition: The Generation Next, Alhamra Art Gallery, Lahore
2008 Group: Rohtas Art Gallery, Islamabad
2007 Annual Exhibition: The Generation Next, Alhamra Art Gallery, Lahore

Murals and Public Projects
2018 Mural for Vancouver Mural Festival

Awards and Art Residencies
2018 Carole Badgley Emerging Artist Award, Seymour Art Gallery, Vancouver
2012 Shortlisted for the Sainsbury Scholarship in Painting and Sculpture: Rome
2012 BAG Art Camp: International art residency for artists of all disciplines, Bergen, Norway
2007 Fine Art Scholarship: National College of Arts Lahore
2006 The 13 Satellites of Lahore: Public art workshop, Lahore, Pakistan

Professional Experiences
2008 Naked Punch (magazine): Illustrator. London, United Kingdom
2003 Simorgh (womens resource and publication centre): Illustrator, Lahore Pakistan

Selected Publications
2018 Danielle Krysa, The Jealous Curator, Art for Your Ears (Podcast)

“mythology and mounds of soil”

2018 Thalia Stopa, Scout Vancouver, Vancouver, 7th Aug:
2018 Alexander Varty, Georgia Straight, Vancouver, 1st Aug:
2018 Danielle Krysa, The Jealous Curator, Canada, 16th Feb:
2017 Katherine Chan, July’s Featured Artist, Sad Mag, Vancouver, July Issue
2017 Nimra Khan, Pushing the Boundaries of Contemporary Drawing, Dawn, 26th Feb
2017 Numair A Abbasi, And the Marks We Make, Art Now Pakistan, March Issue
2016 Shireen Ikramullah, Mindforking: An insight, Art Now Pakistan, December Issue
2016 Nimra Khan, Mapping the Self, The Friday Times, Aug 26th
2016 Fatima Nadeem, Aerial Cartographies, Art Now Pakistan, August Issue
2016 M. Saeed Qureshi, Floating Projections, Dawn Aug 14th
2013 Up Close and Personal With Sara Khan, Sunday Times, Pakistan, 4th- 10th Aug
2013 Zarmene Shah, Faces of Femininity, The Herald, June 11th- 20th
2013 Salwat Ali, Indeterminate Spaces, Art Fiend, Dawn, June 23rd
2013 Dua Abbas Rizvi, My Name is.. (catalogue), April
2012 Gemma Sharpe, Unity in Diversity, The Herald, April
2012 Saima Salman, Artists’ Work: Of Unfinished Business and Unsolicited Sidekick, Dawn, March
2012 Peerzada Salman, Unfinished Business and Unsolicited Sidekick, Dawn, March 6th
2010 Rahim Khan, Themes of Fear and Anguish, The Express Tribune Dec 29th