Hoor Imad Sherpao


Artist Bio

Hoor Imad Sherpao is a painter, ceramist, video artist and animator who lives in Pakistan. Born in the city of Peshawar in 1991, she spent her childhood and teenage years in both Peshawar and her ancestral home in Charsadda. Sherpao is one of the few female visual artists from Charsadda. She received a BFA from the National College of Arts (NCA) in 2016. Sherpao has actively bewen taking part in national and international shows since her BFA and has had her work printed in various publications in Pakistan. Her work has been exhibited in group shows, such as “Tarhun: The Beautiful-The Bizarre” at O Art Space in Lahore, “Empirical Empire” at Gallery FullCircle in Karachi, a traveling show titled “Ustaad Shagird” at PNCA Islamabad and Xiang Polytechnic University, China. Solo shows include: “Face To Face” at Gallery Full Circle, Karachi and “For Your Eyes Only” at O Art Space, Lahore. Sherpao moved to New York City in the fall of 2019 after receiving a Merit scholarship for the MFA program at Parsons School of Design.

Email: h.imadnca@hotmail.com              Instagram: @yesitsmehoortheartist

The Room of Personal Mythology, 2021

Digital Illustration
3000 x 2235 pixels

The Room of Personal Mythology, 2021

Digital Illustration
(detail)

The Creation of Aesthetic, 2020

HD Video still
4500 x 8000 pixels

Artist Statement

I work in illustration, video and animation. All the mediums that I work in act as segments that come together as installation. In my animations I create narratives that are sourced from my training and practice with Indo-Persian miniature painting. I create human characters, illustrate plants and imaginary forms placed within the interior and exterior environments that I envision for them. These environments rely on memory of locations such as my childhood ancestral home in North Pakistan or interior elements, for example generic theatrical looking curtains that I have witnessed several times in my life. For this installation, the characters also tell a version of their narrative in an accompanying contemporary illuminated book. The characters have travelled and evolved from my paintings to videos to animations; they have the capacity to travel to more than one place at a time. There is a never-ending quality that I like for these characters to possess. Eventually, via the act of repetition, I want these characters and elements to become symbols that are able to represent an idea or provoke a feeling instantly. That feeling or idea is established itself, is based on the natural course of where the narrative travels over time and this evolution is also dependent on the dynamic amongst the characters.