Meet the Artist: Sandy Kurt

What does an average day look like for you?

I am an early starter generally. I tend to wake up at 7.00am - 7:30am every day, even on weekends. I love waking up, especially to sunshine. The sun always make me feel happy and more energised. I am not one who will usually hit the snooze button!

I have a day job which I do on weekdays from 8am to 5pm. After work, I always try and squeeze in a workout with plenty of stretching for my back and neck. I don't usually do any creative activities until after 10pm, which is the only time during the week that I have time to think and create. At the weekend, I like to go out for a walk - just to get some peace and quiet.

Where does your inspiration come from?

I have 2 types of inspiration: the first one is visual and is usually inspiration I get from things like colours. But the second is spiritual and the inspiration I get from conversations with my family and friends covering topics such as life experiences, immigration, faith, cosmos and human nature. I especially love feeling connected to nature and I draw a lot of inspiration from it. 

Which artists have inspired you over time?

Four years ago, Samira Mian introduced me to the art and science of Islamic geometry. Jeea Mirza allowed me to appreciate watercolours. Finally, Maaida Noor enchanted me with miniature geometry.

There are many other artists that helped me grow but, I think without these three in particular, I wouldn’t be here today.

What do you hope purchasers of your work will feel when they buy your prints?

I really hope that people will feel peace. I hope they are amazed by the detail; just like the falling rain in summer on the sea but at the same time, I hope that they feel the same kind of calmness that you feel just under the surface of the water.

Sandy Kurt is a self-taught, Italy-based Islamic geometry artist. You can find the full collection of Sandy's incredible Islamic art prints here.

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