about me

Ahra’s playful work expands on childhood and its memory, inviting prolonged scrutiny to  the link between size and time elaborating on both child and adult stages of life. Along with her long term fascination in miniature concepts, and how they act as gateways to childhood reenactments , her work questions the dynamics of scale, or more importantly, the perception of scale, giving shape to a world of imagination and curiosity, where the stability of size is lost, throwing one into a time unknown. 

As a freelance contemporary and visual artist with over 15 years in drawing and painting, her more recent interests lie with graphical and digital means to making work of self-meaning and sentimental worth.

Born in Norfolk, Ahra spent a large part of growing up in Sri Lanka, before returning and now lives in Reading with her family. These culturally contrasting atmospheres are apparent in her work as she continues to confront the topic of childhood.

The lolly sticks came to life just when she joined art school as a stroke of luck  whilst attempting to make toys on the move for her then three year old daughter. Reminiscing with ‘paper dolls from the 50’s the characters drawn on each stick conveys much meaning and consideration. The artist enjoys observing the reactions in her audience as the narrative unravels onto an evocative realm.

Each detailed 20cm tall lolly stick is drawn using pigment ink pens and acrylics paint on purpose cut wooden ply. 

Commission enquiries are welcome.

Education

2009-2014

Central Saint Martins, University of the Arts London, BA (Hons) Fine Art  

Exhibitions

August 2019

The Ingram Collection: Reflection: British Art in an Age of Change, Ferens Gallery, Hull, UK 17August 2019 - 5 January 2020

February 2016

The Ingram Collection: Not all Contemporary Art is Rubbish, The Lightbox, Woking, UK.  2 February- 10 April,2016.

August 2015

Time Exhibition, Embassy Tea Gallery, London, August, 2015.

November 2014

Windsor Contemporary Art Fair, Windsor Race-Course, November,2014. 

November 2014

ING Discerning Eye Exhibition, The Mall Galleries, London, UK. 13-23 November, 2014. 

May 2014

Central Saint Martins Degree Show

December 2013

Poster Production, Portman Gallery, London

June 2010

Trinity Buoy  Wharf, Group Summer Show

Awards

2014 

ING Discerning Eye Award Exhibition invitee - Selected by Chris Ingram

2014 

Clyde & Co Art Award (Nominee)