Press and Exhibitions
The artist has had the honour and good fortune of exhibiting in wonderful publicly accessible galleries such as Newel Galleries in New York (currently, Newel.com) and the Emerald Foundation in Bogota. Private exhibitions include The Harle yacht in Monaco, the palace of the Al Nahyan family in Abu Dhabi, and Trump's Mar Lago estate in Palm Beach, FL.
About the Artist
The many travels, experiences, and encounters along roads more and less travelled during the artist's life... from the Azure Caves of Chile to the vast Lake Chad, from the endless desert that is the Sahara to the majestic expanses of the Mongolian terrain... The essence of each visceral moment is a flame of inspiration, captured throughout the many artworks of Fareen Butt.
Mirage Mountainscape Series
"Those who look for the laws of Nature as a support for their new works collaborate with the Creator." Gaudi
Started in 2002, this series consists of abstracted landscape works on canvas, created with crushed minerals and metals. Influences of this work include Zhang Daquian, the French Cloisonné movement, and the contemporary Nihonga movement of Japan.
Akasa and Ekaksara Series
"Color in certain places has the great value of making the outlines and structural planes seem more energetic." Gaudi
Started in 1995, this series consists of mineral pointillist colour field works on canvas using mineral and cadmium pigments, embedded with precious gemstones. Influences of this work include Pousette-Dart, Seurat, Monet, Bhavsar, and Rothko.
The Gemstone Paintings of Fareen Butt
Mirage Canyon 20 diptych
minerals including carnelian, meteorite, turquoise, black pearl, sapphire, diamond, lapiz lazuli, peridot, topaz
6 x 10 feet, 2010 AVAILABLE
“That [a diamond], so small could be so beautiful. Worth so much. Not even the strongest people can turn away from passions like that.” ― Anthony Doerr, All the Light We Cannot See
Fareen Butt is a gemstone painter born in Toronto and based in New York/ Monaco.
She has exhibited and created commissioned works internationally for over 15 years. The works have found a place in many prominent collections such as the Abu Dhabi royal family’s real estate holdings. Collectors include tycoons and families of oil, real estate, shipping, banking and finance; many works having been folded into real estate investments as a value adding asset to hold over the years.
"The creation continues incessantly through the media of man. But man does not create, he discovers. Those who look for the laws of Nature as a support for their new works collaborate with the Creator. Because of this, originality consists in returning to the Origin." -Antonio Gaudi
The artist's creativity in essence is universal and timeless, as influences imbued within the paintings span across many cultures, philosophies, and ages:
Technical influences include pointillism, the signature of Seurat in the 1800's and Pousette Dart in more recent times, both employing oil paints as a medium. Painting with gemstone pigments has been employed for thousands of years by a variety of artisans from Japan to Persia, in which the medium consists of precious stones and metals. The art can contain pure gold and silver for example, as well as sapphire, onyx, and minerals more familiar to geologists such as witherite (phosphourescent mineral) or muonionalusta (mineral from a meteor).
Finally, the principles of numerology as interpreted by the Fibonacci sequence, the Vedas, the Kabbalah, and the I Ching are incorporated into the artwork.
The artist’s Mirage Mountainscape Series is often compared to China’s Zhang Daqian, whose auction price surpassed record-holding Picasso for most expensive artwork sold at auction, in 2011 at $507 million USD. Collectors have compared the artist's Akasa Series to the works of Mark Rothko, whose Violet, Green, and Red is known to be the third most expensive painting sold privately, at $186 million USD.
Privately Commissioned works
The artist's 20 year career consists of privately commissioned works, alongside a plethora of works from the studio and during travels.
Most commissioned work images are preferred as kept discrete by collectors. This section provides a thorough overview of past, present, and future commissions.