Sheryl Siddiqui relies almost entirely on shapes and colour in her lively abstract expressionist artwork. Working on multiple paintings at once, Sheryl uses a combination of high viscosity acrylic paint, heavy body acrylic paint, oil sticks, pencil, ink pencils, and acrylic markers. The paint is applied with a variety of methods, such as, paint brushes, and palette knives. Paint is also poured, dripped, flicked, and applied with her fingers. “Intuition guides my selection of colour, design, and value. I do not pre-plan a particular composition before I begin. Over thinking my painting process is not part of my style, rather, I like to trust that the painting will evolve when I am deeply emersed in the action of painting. Creating art that really speaks to me and makes me excited about the process is incredibly important to me as an artist. Ultimately, I will always ask myself if I am energized by a final work of art and if I feel that I would hang it in my own home, if not I will likely rework the painting until I feel it inspires me.”
Sheryl was raised in Port Credit Mississauga, Ontario. After spending a number of years as a watercolour painter Sheryl was inspired in her twenties to start creating abstract art by abstract artist Lila Irving. It was a simple chance encounter that would change the direction of Sheryl's life. Lila Irving invited Sheryl into her art studio to view her painting process. Sheryl was hooked on abstract art from that moment on. After graduating from Carleton University in 2000, she now resides in Ottawa, Ontario with her husband and her two teenage sons. Abstract art and mixed media become her passion in life for over twenty years now.
Her inspiration never seems to slow, as Sheryl is a very prolific painter on canvas, paper and wood panel. It is with absolute joy that Sheryl continues to create art and always looks to take new risks as an artist.
2020: May – July: Creative Visionary art Program with artist and art educator Nicolas Wilton (BFA, Art Centre College of Design, Pasadena) artistic business and creative coaching, interactive online intensive.
2020: Dec: Six Week Intensive Workshop on the Language of Colour, Mark Eanes, California College of the Arts, Associate Professor.
Image transfer with Golden Artist Colours Inc, representative, Andrea Warren, Ottawa, ON
Perspective Drawing, The Ottawa School of Art, 1997, Ottawa, ON
Figurative Drawing, The Ottawa School of Art, 1997, Ottawa, ON
Springbank Visual Arts Centre, Water Colour, Beginner, Intermediate and Advanced, Mississauga,ON.
Carleton University, Bachelor of Political Science, 2000.
List of Art Exhibitions:
2019 Summer: The Artist Café, Ottawa, ON
2015 Summer : Shenkmen Arts Centre Group OMMA Juried Show, Ottawa, ON
2013 Fall: Almonte Textile Museum, Group Juried OMMA, Almonte, ON
2010 May 12- June 12: Galerie 240, Ottawa, ON
2017 Fall: Open House Studio Show, Ottawa, ON
2016 Nov - Dec 2017: Hunters Public House, "Urban life" Ottawa, ON
2016 Fall: Open House Studio Show, Ottawa On
2015 Fall: Open House Studio Show, Ottawa, On
2013 Sept: Heartwood House, "Back to Basics," Ottawa, On
2013 Fall: Open House Studio Show, Ottawa, On
2011 Feb - May: Westboro Optometric Clinic, "Ottawa Store fronts" Ottawa, ON
2011 Feb: The Table Restaurant, "Ottawa Store Fronts" Ottawa, ON
2011 Jan 12 - Mar 12: Bistro Rutherford, "Wakefield Store Fronts" Wakefield QE
2011 Jan - April: The Ottawa Optometric Clinic, "Abstract Landscapes" Ottawa, ON
2010 May 25 - June 30: The Mud Oven, "Urban Play Series," Solo Show, Ottawa, ON
2010 Mar 1 - 28: D'OMMA Gallery, Feature Artist, Superdome Benfranklin Place, Ottawa, ON
2010 Feb 12 - March 14: The Ottawa Bagel Shop & Deli, Inc., "Abstract Birds" Ottawa ON
2009 Feb -May: Fresco Bistro, Ongoing Solo Art Display, Ottawa, ON
Featured in an artist interview with CBC Radio program, In Town and Out with Adrian Harwood.
Featured in an artist interview with CBC Radio, with Hallie Cotnam for Ottawa Morning.
Artwork copyright for Green Rooftops 12”x24” purchased for use in an energy efficient green housing complex for marking and signage in San Francisco, USA