Nadia Lazizi


2009 David Cargill Award Royal Glasgow Insitute of the Fine Arts

2009 Master of Fine Art (MFA) University of Dundee

2001 HNC Public Art Edinburgh’s Telford College

Nadia Lazizi’s paintings centre on figurative representations of the human form. Working predominantly with oils on canvas/linen Lazizi seeks to represent and capture a fleeting moment in time, a transient image of contemplation that is a combination of dreams and reality.

Lazizi describes her work in detail – ‘There’s a careful construction of mood and deliberate juxtaposition of the central figure against an ambiguous background, defined by intense artificial lighting and a restricted color palette. This projects the image outwards towards the viewer, establishing its presence within the central frame of the canvas. The play of light and shadows conveys an effect that is both welcoming and remote; it distorts the image and produces an abstract quality arising from the gradual fading of parts of the image from sight.

It intensifies an ephemeral moment which is interpreted by the viewer in their own personal way, yet being guided by the ambience and composition of the image as a whole. The works possess a contemporary tone which is achieved through the integration of a soft-focus, chiaroscuro and dry brush techniques combined with an illustrative edge.