Even as a child Khushna Sulaman-Butt was always drawn to faces. Luckily, growing up in a huge British-Pakistani Muslim family meant she had ample subjects on hand to help her hone her craft. “There was always a new face and a new character,” she tells Cultured. Originally from Lancashire in Northern England, the 27-year-old artist is currently based in London, where the city’s diversity has further influenced her interest in identity and representation. “Coming from a minority background, I can’t help but see life through that prism. I naturally gravitate towards marginalized voices, though I feel my background has liberated me, rather than hold me back.”
How a Connecticut Residency Transformed One of Britain’s Most Promising Portraitists
During her time at the Beecher Residency, a six-week program at a Marcel Breuer-designed home, Khushna Sulaman-Butt brilliantly captured the nuances of her diverse subjects.