Graphic designer and visual artist Sophia Ahamed’s work with the human anatomy is surreal and sublime.
Story by Jyoti Sahota
Sophia Ahamed’s work has been getting a lot of buzz lately.
Born and raised in East Vancouver, the twenty-seven year old artist completed her graphic design training at Langara College before embarking on her career in visual art and graphic design. She has worked internationally on a wide rage of projects and has been featured in various publications, including Color Magazine, Semi-Permanent, and Design is Kinky.
Her illustrative work is a balance between hand drawn and digital renditions, which creates beautiful contrasts of colour and depth through each piece. The detail in her work transports you to another dimension, albeit a slightly darker dimension than ours.
We sat down with Sophia Ahamed to learn a little more about the artist and her work.
Tell us about yourself.
I am a graphic designer/art director and visual artist. I work in the advertising world and am lucky to be able to draw and paint when I am not in the studio working. I have been a designer for about five years now. I always felt that this career path chose me rather than the other way around. I listened to my instincts and followed my passion, which led me down the path I am on today.
Why did you choose to move from working primarily as a graphic artist to a canvas-based art?
I have been an artist as well as a designer for as long as I can remember. It was a natural fit. I have been showing my work in Vancouver and internationally for over a year now. I wasn’t really ‘discovered’ by anyone, I just followed my gut, stayed humble, and did what I love to do, which was building a community through arts and culture.
What inspires you to create such work?
Life. Life inspires me. I try to let my experiences guide my work as much as possible.
Science has given us the ability to understand our own minds and bodies. Art has given us the ability to communicate these findings with others. The goal is to create a different kind of healing process, one that stems from the artist and to the viewer. – Sophia Ahamed
Who are your favourite artists?
Some of my favourite artists are the one’s I have worked with over the past year, such as Ola Volo, Steffen Quong, Sean Karemaker, Cheery Rae Thompson, Joseph Wu – the list goes on. I encourage everyone who reads this to check these guys out and most importantly, visit the local galleries in Vancouver.
Who have you collaborated with?
I am honoured to have collaborated with many artists and designer in Vancouver. You can see one of my recent collaborations at the new Save On Meats Diner, an artistic collaboration I did with owner Mark Brand.
What’s next for you?
Right now it’s important for me to keep establishing long-term connections with those who work so hard to make this city come to life by bringing art and design to the forefront. Working alongside individuals that keep pushing the boundaries of what art is and what it can be will, I think, help shape me as an artist in the future.
Do you have a favourite piece amongst your work?
My most recent work, ‘heart of glass,’ is one of my favourites. It combines a few interesting techniques involving paint and ink. It’s quite an interesting piece that combines anatomy and abstract shapes.
Heart of Glass by Sophia Ahamed
What are your thoughts on Vancouver’s art scene?
It still has a long way to go but it’s getting there.. slowly. People are starting to take a keen interest in local art and artists, and that’s always a good sign.
See Sophia Ahamed‘s work in the current issue of Textbook Magazine, and as part of a group show this summer at Hot Art/Wet City Gallery and Shop in Vancouver. Her solo show will open at Kafka’s Coffee and Tea in Fall 2014.
Jyoti Sahota is a Vancouver-based freelance writer.