Saba's biography - a written portrait
London based, self-taught artist, Saba Khan's painting, is intuitive and sensual. She explores shapes and colours of the seen and unseen worlds of pain, emotion, energy, spirit, and the subconscious experience of existing simultaneously in mind, body, spirit and physical spaces.
Through bold colour and unsettling yet settling imagery, her work subtly notes the random, emotional and political choices ordinary people make in a world that does not always benefit the majority. Committed to the belief that the seen, unseen, human and natural worlds are interdependent and interconnected, Saba comments on how the world of the senses has led to the fragmentation of nature, community, family, body and personality. Without making moral judgements, she questions the nature of fragmentation as a decaying and creative force. Her paintings remain optimistic as there is the rendering of beauty, love for humanity and mood of hope and recovery in her work.
Saba is committed to the transformative power of art, that led her to founding ArtEase. In her work she strives to gift the veiwer with human emotion and positive change.
Collections and commissions
Saba continues to attract the attention of private collectors and galleries, and has exhibited internationally, She is currently developing a collection of paintings, drawings and poems called, 'ICare'. This work is based on her own experience of being a carer for 13 years, exploring the nature of care, whilst looking after loved ones and the challenges in health and social care services. She also is working on a parent and child series. Central to her work is the use of colour and shape that benefits the human condition.
Saba champions social causes
Saba has over 30 years experience in the charity and public sectors both in the UK and internationally. She champions many social causes including good mental health, social justice and human rights. She is Vice Chair to to Mind in Croydon and Creative Advisor to Voice of Freedom.
She has over 30 years experience in communications and fundraising, having raised over £8m for her charities. She is trained in accessible communications to work with people with special needs and whose first language is not English. She also gives ArtEase workshops on these subjects. She offers consultancy advice to private and public sector organisations on arts, communications and fundraising.
Saba holds an MA in International Relations where she examined the manipulation of the arts and discourse in the rational development of torture as a discipline in the 20th century. She also has BA (Hons) in Communications Studies where she explored film-making, creative writing, advertising, marketing and design.