sk_aboutMy art is a visual amalgam and a celebration of a multicultural, global exposure to the aesthetics, spirituality and philosophies of all that I have been exposed to in my life.

I desconstruct elements from diverse places and peoples, and reweave them into compositions which resonate with anyone, anywhere, or so I hope.

The fluid motion of robes of a whirling dervish echo the renderings of Degas’ ballerina skirts; the Islamic calligraphy and poetry interspersed in my work support the pieces visually and are meant to welcome the uninitiated into the depth and beauty of words which inspire my painting.

I am in the process of adjusting the medium to my evolving style – from oils to acrylics, from flat to layered multi-media, and a return to my earliest style which was semi-abstract and informal.

One of my intentions is to produce a series of paintings which celebrate the Mathnavi of the poet Rumi, his greatest and largest piece work. My way of paying homage to the one who has inspired me since my first visit to Konya at the age of 9 would be to render the verses in calligraphy – autonomously, or in combination with scenes of the Sufi order.


  • Brooklyn Museum of Art (Printmaking)
  • Art Students’ League, New York (Portrait Painting and Anatomy)
  • Metropolitan Museum of Art (Video and Filmmaking)
  • Fleischer Art Memorial, Philadelphia (Oil Painting and Color)

Exhibitions & Awards

  • 2015 “Whirlings & Turnings”, Phoenix Village Art Center, Phoenixville, PA
  • 2015 “Her Story” ArtFusion, 19464 Gallery, Pottstown, PA
  • 2015 Daylesford Abbey Annual Art Show, Paoli, PA
  • 2015 “1000 Words”, ArtFusion, 19464 Gallery, Pottstown, PA
  • 2014 Annual Members’ Show, Phoenix Village Art Center, Awarded: Best of Show in 2D
  • 2014 Phoenixville Director’s Invitational
  • 2010 Fleisher Art Memorial Student Show, Philadelphia, PA
  • 2008 National Arts Program Art Show, Crozer, Chester Medical Center
  • Early exhibitions at the United Nations & Asia House, New York

5 Responses

  1. Mary Hartshorne
    Mary Hartshorne · September 7, 2015 at 21:22:28 ·

    My Dear Sabah,

    Your work is stunning and quite thoughtful !

    I am not at all surprised because they represent the “Intricate and Magical” woman that you are.

    My Reiki prayers and thoughts are for your continued success.

    Love, Mary

  2. Mino Farooq Akhtar
    Mino Farooq Akhtar · September 22, 2015 at 20:37:24 ·

    Cool website…might be great to add a nice photo of yours in About! Love and congrats Mino

  3. Mino F Akhtar
    Mino F Akhtar · August 3, 2016 at 16:00:14 ·

    Dearest sis, your artwork is just amazing! Having seen you paint since our days in Turkey when you were not even 10 years old, I am so proud of your artistry! Love, Mino

  4. Amy Bruckner
    Amy Bruckner · October 12, 2016 at 20:02:20 ·

    Hi Sabah

    Nice to see you on Sunday at the art show.

    Here is the website for the place where I got my photo tiles done:


    And you can become a re-seller and get an extra discount if you buy in quantities – look at the bottom of the page and click on “Become A Re-seller” to apply.

    I have gotten both glossy and matte finish and I have to say I prefer the matte for the look and durability.

    Have fun!


  5. Oleta Levitre
    Oleta Levitre · November 6, 2016 at 04:15:08 ·

    Some genuinely nice stuff on this internet site, I like it.

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