Idol 13 by Hamra Abbas | Yellowtrace.

Idol 13, 2012. C-Print, 120 x 80 cm
Image courtesy of Lawrie Shabibi.

 

Idol 18 by Hamra Abbas | Yellowtrace.

Idol 18, 2012. C-Print, 120 x 80 cm
Image courtesy of Lawrie Shabibi.

 

Idol 2 by Hamra Abbas | Yellowtrace.

Idol 2, 2012. C-Print, 120 x 80 cm
Image courtesy of Lawrie Shabibi.

 

Idol 5 by Hamra Abbas | Yellowtrace.

Idol 5, 2012. C-Print, 120 x 80 cm
Image courtesy of Lawrie Shabibi.

 

Idol 4 by Hamra Abbas | Yellowtrace.

Idol 4, 2012. C-Print, 120 x 80 cm
Image courtesy of Lawrie Shabibi.

 

Pakistani artist Hamra Abbas uses a wide range of media – paper collage, painting, ephemeral soft plasticine sculptures and video are all a part of her cunning toolkit. I am particularly drawn to her Idols series in which Abbas mixes miniatures with exaggerated forms, and realism with pop art. This impressive collection of work in progress are blown-up digital photographs of miniature clay sculptures.

Although these portraits are quite serious, expressive and visually arresting, I can’t help but giggle. Something about them is really edgy and kind of funny. Do you think the same thing?

 

Idol 3 by Hamra Abbas | Yellowtrace.

Idol 3, 2012. C-Print, 120 x 80 cm
Image courtesy of Lawrie Shabibi.

 

Idol 8 by Hamra Abbas | Yellowtrace.

Idol 8, 2012. C-Print, 120 x 80 cm
Image courtesy of Lawrie Shabibi.

 

Idol 20 by Hamra Abbas | Yellowtrace.

Idol 20, 2012. C-Print, 120 x 80 cm
Image courtesy of Lawrie Shabibi.

 

Hamra Abbas was born in Kuwait in 1976 and lives and works between Boston and Lahore, Pakistan. She received her BFA and MA in Visual Arts from the National College of Arts, Lahore in 1999 and 2002 respectively before going on to the Universitaet der Kuenste in Berlin in 2004 where she received the Meisterschueler. Abbas lists artists Jeff Koons and Takashi Murakami as some of her influences.

Super cool Ms Abbas. Love your work lady.

 

Idol 7 by Hamra Abbas | Yellowtrace.

Idol 7, 2012. C-Print, 120 x 80 cm
Image courtesy of Lawrie Shabibi.

 

Idol 10 by Hamra Abbas | Yellowtrace.

Idol 10, 2012. C-Print, 120 x 80 cm
Image courtesy of Lawrie Shabibi.

 

Idol 19 by Hamra Abbas | Yellowtrace.

Idol 19, 2012. C-Print, 120 x 80 cm
Image courtesy of Lawrie Shabibi.

 

Idol 20 by Hamra Abbas | Yellowtrace.

Idol 20, 2012. C-Print, 120 x 80 cm
Image courtesy of Lawrie Shabibi.


[Images courtesy of the Artist and Lawrie Shabibi.]

 

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Dana is an award-winning interior designer living in Sydney, Australia. With an unhealthy passion for design, Dana commits to an abnormal amount of daily design research. Regular travel and attendance at premier design events, enables Dana to stay at the forefront of the design world globally. While she is super serious about design, Dana never takes herself - nor design - too seriously. Together with her life and business partner, Nick Hughes, Dana is Boss Lady at Studio Yellowtrace, specialising in Interior Design, Creative Direction and Special Projects. The studio takes a highly conceptual and holistic approach to translating brands & ideas into places.

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