We had the good fortune of connecting with Suleman Khan and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Suleman, what inspires you?
I am inspired by my tribal community and the landscape of Baluchistan province in Pakistan, where I was born and lived most of my life before moving to Canada. The traditional Baluchi attire, architecture, landscape and challenges faced by people in Baluchistan have inspired my art since the beginning of my art practice.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
Coming from a third world country Pakistan where perusing a career in art is extremely challenging, I struggled to make ends meet and worked different jobs in advertising agencies to buy materials for my art practice. I am always excited to try new mediums to work with. Be it painting with acrylics and watercolours or sculpting with unconventional materials like barbed wires, wood and metal.
My work is inspired by my tribal community, the circumstances and geographic landscape of Baluchistan province of Pakistan. Wether I do interactive art installations or paint abstract portraits, they connect me back my roots and my home.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
Oh this is exciting! Well, I don’t like to dine out so I would do barbecue myself and then take him around city to visit local shops, meet other creative people and I love Nature, so definitely I will be planning to take him for hiking, biking, swimming, camping and fishing.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I would like to give a shoutout to my family who supported me and encouraged me to follow my dreams.