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Jeea Mirza 

Jeea is a UK-based British Pakistani artist who is inspired by the arts and crafts of both Islamic and medieval traditions.

She began her journey with the simple desire to re-create beautiful patterns, which soon developed into a contemplation of the hidden meanings that lay under the surface of her designs. Each layer of line and structure, a veil which can be lifted to reveal hidden truths.

Jeea has studied Islamic geometry and Islimi extensively with the Art of Islamic Pattern Institute in various locations including London, Granada, Istanbul and Fez. She also holds an Open Programme Diploma from The Prince’s Foundation: School of Traditional Arts.

Her study of sacred geometry and arabesque is an ongoing journey of discovery which continues to inspire her with its timeless beauty, simplicity and paradoxically its complexity.
 

www.jeeamirza.com


Ultramarine  2018 (£1750)

Jeea Mirza

Lapis lazuli pigment, watercolour and gold leaf on cold press paper

Ultramarine was the name given by medieval European artists to the beautiful blue pigment made from lapis lazuli. Literally meaning Beyond the Sea, this rare pigment was more expensive than gold and exceptionally difficult to acquire.  

Mined exclusively in Afghanistan, it was highly valued and sought after by artists and their patrons in both the medieval and Islamic traditions. It was always reserved for only the most sacred subjects.

Ultramarine 2018  (£1750)

Ultramarine 2018 (£1750)

 

Harmony  2016 (NFS)

Jeea Mirza

Watercolour and shell gold on hot press paper

Based on an archetypal six-fold grid, this pattern is seen throughout the Islamic world. 

The artist has used the traditional form in a contemporary context to explore the harmonies of green found in nature.

Harmony 2016  (Not for sale)

Harmony 2016 (Not for sale)

 

The Gilded Maze 2016 (NFS)

Jeea Mirza 

Watercolour and shell gold on hot pressed watercolour paper 

This illuminated watercolour is inspired by a painted ceiling from the Rustem Pasha mosque in Istanbul. The artist invites the viewer to reflect upon the gilded pathways and discover the hidden order within. 

The Gilded Maze 2016  (Not for sale)

The Gilded Maze 2016 (Not for sale)

 

Ukhteen (Two Sisters)  2018 (NFS)

Jeea Mirza

Malachite pigment and 22k shell gold on hot press paper

This piece is an interpretation of a classic Moorish pattern found in the Hall of the Two Sisters (Sala de Dos Hermanas) at the Alhambra Palace in Granada, Spain. 

The placement of pigment and gold works in balance with the negative spaces to create a dynamic yet harmonious 

piece that seeks constantly to draw the eye in a multitude of directions.

Ukhteen (Two sisters) 2018  (Not for sale)

Ukhteen (Two sisters) 2018 (Not for sale)

 

Tilismaat  2017 (£550)

Jeea Mirza

23.5k gold leaf on water gold size, watercolour on
textured paper

Tilismaat’ meaning magic or enchantment is a reflection on the transformative experience of creation.  

In this piece the artist has applied gold leaf and watercolour directly onto the underlying construction and in so doing, what was Manifest becomes obscured and the Unseen becomes visible as the pattern emerges.

Tilismaat 2017  (£550)

Tilismaat 2017 (£550)

 

Echoes  2017 (NFS)

Jeea Mirza

23.5k shell gold on indigo-dyed wasli paper

Juxtaposed next to its sister piece Tilismaat, Echoes draws on the same Moorish pattern from the medieval city of Fes, but highlights the negative spaces which are filled with light.

Echoes 2017

Echoes 2017

 

Signs for Those Who Know  2016 (£550)

Jeea Mirza

Watercolour on cold press paper

And among His Signs is the creation 

of the heavens and the earth, and the  

variations in your languages and your colours: 

verily in that are Signs for those who know.


Sūrah ar-Rum 30:22 (Translation: Yusuf Ali) 

There is no order here. 

No map to take you home. 

But there are stars. 

This chaos is careful 

A skillful disorder 

A promise always fulfilled. 

Poem by: Nazia Mirza 2016

Signs for those who know 2016  (£550)

Signs for those who know 2016 (£550)

 

Evolution  2017 (£1350 for the series)

Jeea Mirza

Watercolour on textured paper

In this series of three paintings, the artist shows three classic Islamic patterns which have been derived from the same archetypal grid. 

This foundation can be used to realise a multitude of designs, and serves as a clear reminder that no matter how diverse our appearance, or how far we think we have evolved, our origins remain the same.

Evolution (Red) 2017

Evolution (Red) 2017

Evolution (Blue) 2017

Evolution (Blue) 2017

Evolution (Green) 2017

Evolution (Green) 2017

 

A Persian Star  2016 (SOLD)

Jeea Mirza

Shell gold and watercolour on hot press paper

Explorations of Persian patterns, five fold symmetry and the golden ratio.

A Persian Star 2016  (SOLD)

A Persian Star 2016 (SOLD)

 

Nawa-e-Sarosh  2016 (Private collection)

Jeea Mirza

Shell gold and gouache on hot press paper

The title of the piece ‘Nawa-e-Sarosh’ (the sound of angels) is borrowed from a verse by the celebrated Mughal era poet Mirza Ghalib (1797 - 1869). 

The piece seeks to recognise and acknowledge the Divine as the source of inspiration for the artist’s work

Nawa-e-Sarosh 2016  (Private collection)

Nawa-e-Sarosh 2016 (Private collection)

 

Infinite Space  2016 (£450)

Jeea Mirza

Gouache and watercolour on hot press paper

Explorations of Persian patterns, five fold symmetry and the golden ratio.

Infinite Space 2016  (£450)

Infinite Space 2016 (£450)

 

Islimi Series  2017

Jeea Mirza

23.75k shell gold, hand ground lapis lazuli and natural pigments

An exploration of Islimi forms and shading techniques.

Islimi series I - Roundel 2017  (SOLD)

Islimi series I - Roundel 2017 (SOLD)

Islimi Series III - Persian Motif 2017  (SOLD)

Islimi Series III - Persian Motif 2017 (SOLD)

Islimi Series II - Persian Motif 2017  (SOLD)

Islimi Series II - Persian Motif 2017 (SOLD)

Islimi Series IV - Ottoman door plate  (£235)

Islimi Series IV - Ottoman door plate (£235)