Exhibit Spotlight: Nasreen & Sana Haroon at Schomburg Gallery, Bergamot Station Arts Center

From February 9 - March 2, 2013 Nasreen Haroon and her daugher Sana Haroon's abstract paintings are on display at the Schomburg Gallery at Bergamot Station in Santa Monica. 

The closing reception for the exhibit will take place at the gallery on Saturday, March 2 at 4pm PST. All are welcome to attend!

For many years the mother and daughter have been traveling, working, and now painting together. The results are quite literally, truly cosmic.

With her meticulous attention to detail and vibrant use of color, Nasreen Haroon is perhaps best known for her serene landscape pieces. However, the relationship between inspiration and actualization for an artist is an ever changing, dynamic process. Making a recent break from landscape paintings, Nasreen has transitioned to the celestial; a break that she attributes, at least in part, to finally recovering from a long illness. 

Stellar Origins by Nasreen Haroon
Oil on Canvas
24x36 inches

Celestial  by Nasreen Haroon
Oil on Canvas 24x30 inches

Nasreens influence on her daughter is evident in Sana Haroon's work, which is on display  alongside Nasreen's. It is remarkable that even through east artist has a distinctly different style, their influence on each other is more than evident. 

Diffusion by Sana Haroon
Oil on Canvas 24x30 inches

Flurry by Sana Haroon
Oil on Canvas 24x30 inches

Writer Leila Shauk describes the display with blazing accuracy in the Pakistan Link

"Deep purples and greens are lovely backgrounds to the starry world of dots that Nasreen creates. Her purple painting, when looked at closely, is like looking into another universe. Teensy dots of yellows, reds, golds, and purples sit next to each other like many starts against a deep purple sky. She continues this theme on different backdrops of bold color. They are intense and yet wondorous; light and dark; playful and yet serious. You may want to take a look, and then come back and look at them again.

Across from this atronomical complexity -- at Sana's wall of paintings, are heavenly brush stroked whirls of colors entangled and moving into each other -- sort of reminiscent of Jackson Pollack. Again a palette of primary colors is captivating; the reds, yellows, greens, blues, and purples are warm but also perhaps harsh. Sana explained that while working on some of her pieces it was an emotionally challenging time for her. Henceforth, the ferocious and aggressive movement of colors is both quite apt and evocative."

Schomburg Gallery, Bergamot Station Arts Center
2525 Michigan Ave, E3A
Santa Monica, CA 90404
Hours: Weds-Sat 11am - 6pm
CLOSING RECEPTION: Saturday, March 2, 2013