“She had a wand in her hand
Which she swished and flicked
Bright hues exploded from its fingertip
They mingled, blended and mixed
To create wonders on her canvas
All those who watched, left spellbound
And got transported to the magical lands
Of night skies, stars, butterflies and dreams of an everlasting light
They spoke of her hope, love and her warmth
No wonder she rose high up, above the skies
Unto the heavens where only angels get to fly
For her wand held her blood and her heart ❤️”
Shabna Sumayya , the artist who creates magic on her canvas and in the eyes of the beholder. Just like her name, ‘Shabna’, her paintings also belong to the mesmerizing beauty of the night. They are full of dark night skies lit with a million brilliant stars ; stars so bright and shiny that it makes you want to gaze at her paintings for a longer while.
Though there are numerous famous lady artists out there, this lady’s paintings have a power which allures you into another dreamy world altogether. Her paintings shout out boldness and each of them has a story to tell. She paints women of colors, rainbows, pain, hopes and dreams. The same reason why most women are drawn to her paintings. The female cry outs and pains of being suppressed, denied, harassed and abused are beautifully expressed through her canvas. This gives her paintings a greater definition of change.
A proud hijabi who came from a background where expressing her thoughts in the form of artworks and writings were discouraged and considered unislamic, she struggled to pave her path to success. Yet she chose to hold on to her passion and faith which eventually led to appreciation from her family, friends and also earned herself a faithful set of art admirers for her works. In this modern era, where youngsters let go of their faith and beliefs for the sake of fame, she is a fine example of how no amount of repression can subdue one from following one’s passion despite of the circumstances, without changing one’s unique self .
A self taught artist who tries every single day to learn and develop her art by taking advantage of technology and deriving inspiration from other artists, she is now an expert in acrylic, watercolor and digital paintings, among which watercolor is her favourite. Her hard work and dedication to prove the world wrong were payed off when she held her first Art exhibition at the Kozhikode Lalitha Kala Academy in the name of ‘Becoming’, a philosophical name which proves true to the word, Shabna Sumayya and her artworks are in the process of becoming like a cocoon shifting into a butterfly. The Sufi touch in her paintings immersed in wisdom and soulful poetry also add beauty to her artworks.
Her digital paintings
Being portraits of powerful women stories, there is no wonder, women are attracted to her paintings and relate to them a lot as they see their emotions being transformed into beautiful reflections of color in front of their eyes . This lady artist doesn’t like to limit her paintings to a name, as she believes naming her paintings hinders with the different perspectives through which her art lovers view her paintings. She started her writing career through her blog ‘Mezhuku Swapnangal’ (മെഴുകു സ്വപ്നങ്ങൾ), and is now an author of her published work ‘Kanal Kuppayam’ (കനൽ കുപ്പായം) by the Pendulum Books, which is a collection of her unnamed poems and writeups of human souls of pain and life.
A gentle human who is a possessor of a down to earth, humble personality and also a beautiful soul, she continues to touch several lives through her paintings and writings. Needless to say, she is indeed a muse to young artists and writers who have high hopes and dreams and a zeal for life.
Note : To know more about her paintings, follow her @shabnasumayya on Instagram . Those who wish to behold the magic in her paintings, she will be conducting an Art Exhibition in Ernakulam at the Durbar Hall, Kochi soon enough .