Seema Akhtar

About the Artist

Seema Akhtar is a self-taught artist, full-time speechwriter and mother of three who lives in Ottawa. Her painting process is playful, emotional and intuitive. When she paints, Seema drops into her heart to explore colour, movement and mark making. She never knows where a piece will take her, but trusts the process. Her inspiration is the beauty of nature and the magic of music, song lyrics and words. Seema's paintings are usually made up of many layers, with the first layer often being words from a poem or a song lyric scrawled onto the panel. Sometimes these words poke through the finished piece, and sometimes they are a hidden message for the viewer to intuit. This quote from Rebecca Makkai speaks to why Seema paints: "We're all going about trying to make beauty in the world and trying to make order out of chaos. And that's what art is." Seema is also motivated by a desire to contribute to her community. At the beginning of the pandemic, Seema created pieces on paper that she offered by donation to raise funds for women and children experiencing domestic violence, which was on the rise because of stay-at-home orders. Seema has since donated at least 50% of the proceeds of every sale. This year, she will support Hope Healing Transformation, an organization that supports and empower survivors of sexual assault on their healing path.  

Medium: Painting

Artist Statement

For me painting is joy. It's intuitive, from the heart, and almost always fuelled by music. Painting is a way of processing emotion and telling a story. My paintings express what I'm feeling and what I love through colour, texture, and mark making. Words often play an important role. The titles for my pieces often come from song lyrics that become my inspiration as I paint. I feel free when I paint. I believe that the spaces in which we live reflect who we are and how we want to be. Through my painting, I want to bring a sense of light and space.

Education

Self-taught artist.

BA Political Science.

       

Exhibitions

2021/04 - 2021/09: Selected for Artists of Ottawa Collection, Small Artwork collection & Artists of Ontario collection on Gallea.

2021/05/21 - 2021/05/27: Fresh emerging artist show on Artwrk.

2019/07/07 - 2019/07/08: Glebe Art in Our Garden and Studio Tour, Lansdowne Park, Ottawa.

2018/07/07 - 2018/07/08: Glebe Art in Our Garden and Studio Tour, Lansdowne Park, Ottawa.

2018/04 - 2018/06: Dows Lake Court, 875 Carling, Ottawa.

2017/10 - 2017/11: Solo show at the Wild Oat, Ottawa.

2017/07/08 - 2017/07/09: Glebe Art Tour, Ottawa.

2017/04 - 2017/06: Solo show at the gcCafé, Ottawa.

2017/03 - 2017/04: Solo show at Shanghai restaurant, Ottawa.

2016/12/06: Craftalicious, Knox Church, Ottawa.

Artworks

12" H x 12" W

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16" H x 16" W

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40" H x 40" W

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6" H x 6" W

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12" H x 12" W

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8" H x 8" W

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12" H x 12" W

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8" H x 8" W

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