We are thrilled to announce our representation of Nuha Saad.
With a focus upon sculpture, installation and public art, Nuha Saad has long been interested in the ornamental and the architectural aspects of the suburbs. Describing her work as an “archaeology of the suburbs” Saad is drawn to the turned wood elements of Victorian and Federation era designs, which she utilises to explore the ways in which spatial features and colour can collude to discuss a sense of place, or cultural identity.
In Saad’s exhibition, suburban ornamental forms are often placed alongside the hard, geometric shapes of minimalism. This is revealing of both Saad’s western art training and eastern sensibility – an ongoing tension in the artist’s practice that is demonstrative of a felling of being caught in between different cultural experiences.
Saad’s work is gaining increasing attention for its spatial dynamism and play. Amongst a slew of awards and finalist nominations, in 2021 Saad was named a finalist in the Ravenswood Australian Women’s Art Prize; in 2020 she was named a finalist in the Tom Bass Sculpture Prize; and in 2019 she was a finalist in both the Deakin Small Sculpture Award and the Rookwood Hidden Sculpture Prize. She has received numerous major public art commissions, and has exhibited extensively both nationally and internationally. Her work is held in the collections of ArtBank, City of Sydney, Randwick City Council and Royal Melbourne Hospital, as well as private collections throughout Australian and the US.
Nuha Saad will make her gallery debut as a part of Summer New, opening January 2022, with a major solo exhibition to follow in June 2022.
Artist portrait: Felipe Olivares