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Ebrahim Khanbhai

Spice of Life

Oil on Canvas

In a world where the greatest pursuit is to blend in, culture and heritage has become the most submerged part of one’s life. My oil and impasto paintings depict my Grandfather and Grandmother sharply piercing into my own rich culture through their eyes, a window to their memories, stories and traditions. Inspired by Nicholas Harding’s thick texture and evident strokes, my artwork similarly holds his sentiments to transform ‘a normal sensible person’ into ‘unique in the art world’. It is only through the process of immersing myself within the textured wrinkles, the rough flesh and the folds of traditional clothing, that I have come to understand the importance of my Indian background in moulding the way I think now, and what I will become in the future. It is through completing this artwork that I have come to understand my background as the ‘Spice of Life’.

"Every individual has the right to realise himself: that is to fully develop the power and capacities, physical, mental, moral and spiritual; with which nature endowed him."

 − JA Williams, 1912 (first Principal of Sydney Technical High School)