Step into the captivating world of art with the immensely talented artist on the block, Amna Butt 🎨 In our digital cover feature that redefines artistic expression, Sunday Times brings you an intimate glimpse into Amna’s journey, where passion meets raw talent 🤍
Sunday Spotlight: Featuring the very talented artist Amna Butt in the most candid way.
The extraordinary artist masterfully captures people’s life stories on canvas! Here she is seen talking about her textures, life stories, and its process.
Amna Butt doing what she does best – turning a blank canvas into a masterpiece 🎨
In our digital cover feature, Sunday Times brings you an intimate glimpse into Amna’s journey, where passion meets raw talent 🤍
When George Bernard Shaw said, “You use a glass mirror to see your face. You use works of Art to see your soul,” he perfectly captured what it means to be an artist and just how much of an impact art has on our lives. Art is what truly reflects what is in one’s soul and has the power of capturing a person’s soul and then showing us things that we might have never even had the opportunity to know otherwise. This is precisely what Amna Butt is doing with her Art. Although she has had to deal with several obstacles in her path, she was able to rise above them and is carving her name in the art world today. We sat down with her and chatted about all things art, from her struggles as an artist, her early challenges, love for paints, the unwavering support of her father and how she was finally reunited with the canvas. Her journey is one with its fair share of challenges but one that is sure to inspire a whole new generation of artists as well emphasize the therapeutic power that art holds.
Unlike most children, Amna was more attracted to paints rather than toys and she talked about how she had always known that she would much rather pursue Art than any other field. “I consistently favored paint shops over toy shops due to my attraction to colors.” Despite having to leave NCA because of family obligations, she persevered, and so through the guidance of experienced artists, she has emerged as the CEO of Amna Butt – The ArtRoom, a gallery and studio housing an impressive collection of 700 paintings, sculptures, and art furniture. Beginning with a modest storeroom ten years ago, my business has grown into a highly regarded brand. She expressed her newfound humility and deep gratitude for the recognition, support and guidance she has received from her mentors and loved ones. Her father, in particular, holds a special place in her heart as he was the one who encouraged her to use the vacant family home. The house previously served as a fashion studio belonging to her talented and beautiful sister, Hina Parvez Butt.
In response to being asked about her artistic philosophy, she explained that her art is a reflection of love, nature, relationships, and her faith. She finds her grounding in her “R’ab,” or God. Art, in her view, is a reflection of an artist’s beliefs and sets them apart from others. Of the four themes, Deen holds a special place in her heart, as she believes that it brings one closer to their spiritual self, an essential aspect of being an artist.
What sets Amna’s artwork apart is her ability to paint not just faces and buildings, but entire life stories. Her curiosity about people’s experiences and narratives fuels her creative process. As she explains, “I paint emotions. I live, breathe, and celebrate emotions through my art. When words are insufficient, I paint. When life’s challenges become overwhelming, I paint. When stories remain untold, I paint. When love beckons, I paint.”
When asked about her worldview, Amna explained that she feels like a hero or superwoman every time she sits in front of a blank canvas. Creating something so deeply personal yet sharing it with the world is akin to giving a piece of her soul back to the universe. Amna also shared that she draws inspiration from nature, which is an essential element in most of her work. She stated, “I am one with nature, and nature and my work reflects its rhythm as well because I too, am impulsive, intense, and raw.”
When asked about her area of expertise, Amna responded by saying, “I specialize in painting people’s life stories, their struggles, and imperfections. I believe happiness is overrated, and life is imperfect, just like art.” To achieve this, she uses a unique method of asking her clients personal questions to gather details that inform the creation of a unique piece of art that accurately represents their life story.
As a self-confessed food lover, Amna attributed her love for food to her Kashmiri-Butt family, saying, “As they say, ‘People who love to eat are always the best people,’ so yeah, I’m a foodie.”
Amna recently debuted her latest collection, “Artè,” which features a variety of contemporary art furniture pieces such as leather rugs, painted blankets, dramatic throws, neutral winter chairs, and coffee tables. Customers have the added benefit of being able to commission unique hand-painted pieces to suit their specific spaces. According to Amna, the upcoming Artè: Season II collection promises to offer even more exciting and stylish options for customers and is set to launch later this month. Amna emphasized that her work can be both nerve-wracking and therapeutic, and invited others to visit her studio for some visual therapy, good coffee, and heart-to-heart conversations with her and her team.
LAHORE ( Imran Raj) – Pakistani visual artist Amna Butt had always been passionate of art since her childhood. Butt has trained from various prestigious institutions and was also trained under the mentorship of seniority.
Large scale paintings, mixed media textures, bold strokes and the essence of expressionism is felt in Amna Butt’s work.
When asked what the reason behind her success Amna said is: “I believe that in order to become successful in any work it’s important to have a deep interest in it. If you are not sincere with your work and doing shallow work then it’s very hard to become successful.”
She further adds, “Many people take Art as a time-pass hobby however in order to become a successful artist it requires continuous and deep practice. It requires new experiments and consistency. Without these efforts, success is not possible in this field.”
Expressing about her work she said: “The versatility of my work aims to express the intensity of my emotions, it gives immediate expression to my feelings rather than merely illustrating them.”
Large scale paintings, mixed media textures, bold strokes and the essence of expressionism is felt in Amna Butt’s work. Butt’s forte is recognised by impulsive pouring and dripping techniques-“unconsciousness is the womb to true art” as Amna likes to put it, a painter who creates from inner impulsions and spoils a canvas to say something in her own way.
Amna has trained from various prestigious institutions and was also trained under the mentorship of seniority. The girl who started from the comfort of her room is now the CEO of an art gallery, The Art Room. Amna Butt chats with TEdit about her passion for canvas and paint.
How did you first discover your talent?
I was born to paint. Since childhood art shops have been like Disneyland to me. I was so sure I wanted to do this for the rest of my life.
What inspires you?
Deen and love. I am nature, I work with the rhythms of nature, impulsive intense in and out.
When did you first start painting?
Since as long ago as I can remember! Professionally five years, with the mentorship from teachers, from my room, which is why I named it “ Amna Butt – The Art Room” whereas I launched my studio/gallery in 2019 which is now a platform for visual arts.
What does your work aim to say?
“I choose to veil the imagery, I create what I conceive”
To me it’s expressing an inner world!
The versatility of my work aims to express the intensity of my emotions, it gives immediate expression to my feelings rather than merely illustrating them!
Is there a work of art that you would like to have in your home next to your own art?
I already have one painting next to my own art and that is of my teacher’s. (Late) Mr Imran Sultan, he wasn’t a famous artist but definitely a brilliant one. Every stroke he painted has a story.
If you could meet any artist in the world dead or alive, who would it be?
Pollock. I didn’t know about him until last October, when I started portraying my series of abstract expressionism. People started to relate my work with him, it was uncanny and unbelievable that it bears such a close resemblance to his work.
Would have loved to paint with him!
Are you fond of collecting anything?
Scents. I believe scent is the strongest trigger of memory and emotions.
Describe your work in five words.
An Interview of Amna Butt
Published in: The Express Tribune
Pakistani visual artist Amna Butt visiting to guests visual art hand made -painting exhibition and Promoting Arts held at The Art Room Gulberg in Lahore on Saturday June 19,2021. (Video by Rana Sajid Hussain/Pyara Pakistan News (PPN)