Thuraya Lynn

This is Thuraya Lynn. What she loves almost as much as Reese chocolate is drawing.

‘The contrast between my happy appearance and scary lines can confuse people,’ she says, in reference to her quirky art. ‘But I’m not a sad person – I just enjoy exploring contradictions.’

Tell us a bit about yourself…

I’m a 23-year-old pencil artist from Kuwait. I’m currently an English Literature major at Kuwait University. In contrast to my usual giddy appearance, I draw in loose lines to convey fears and anxieties that I cannot express verbally.

What are your inspirations?

Repetitive images, abnormal shapes and lines. Japanese black ink, calligraphy and haiku. Objects that glide and float. I pretty much like confusion and translate it into lines on paper.

What’s your favourite piece of work that you have produced?

There are several pieces I’m personally fond of. I don’t give names for individual pieces instead, I give collective works a title fitting to a certain idea or theme. This piece (right) shows an idle little girl overwhelmed by a shadow monster behind her. I have a continuous interest in shadows and monsters. In this particular drawing, I’m pretty skeptical of their demeanor. Look at her frowning, almost. Time doesn’t effect her, she’s emotionless while the shadow behind her is cooling down, he’s hanging out with himself – having a blast. I’m easily amused by the contrasts of objects and subjects.

Who is your favourite ‘creative’ in your chosen field?

Tessar Lo, no doubt about that. He’s a very poetic man, melodramatic – nearly romantic. I’m amused by the freedom captured in his imagination. Ironic. His loose lines and careless coloring is creative. Subjects in his paintings fly.

Visit Thuraya’s website or message her @ThurayaLynn.

All images © Thuraya Lynn. To view the images in clearer detail, click on them.

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