An artist, illustrator and photographer, Shevah Vahdatpour’s works play around with light tones, watercolour strokes, and the female form. Her works are whimsical and contemplative The Florida based artist has a distinct style of illustration that she developed during her time in undergraduate school. She went on to say, “my professors helped me to let go of a lot of preconceived ideas of what things should look like and I really just started doing what felt right. I think my art isn't a reflection of what I'm inspired by necessarily.” Her major influences include Yoshimoto Nara as well as Baroque artists like Caravaggio. Manga illustrators are also a huge source of inspiration for her.
As an artist, Shevah has always had a huge imagination and was in the habit of using her art to cheer up her family members when she was younger. Her time in college helped her let go of her inhibitions and start sharing her works online. She credits this move as the point when she realized her art could be her career after all. In the time since, she has come a long way and is an established illustrator who creates original prints and works with great people for her photographs.
As someone who has established herself through social media, she calls it a blessing and a curse. She went on to say, “It helps people connect with strangers around the world who we may not have been able to before. All of these eyes may have never seen my name if it weren't for social media. With that being said, it does sometimes impact whether or not I feel a drawing or painting is good enough based on the interaction it receives. And that honestly goes against my values and my ideas on making art. So, it's interesting to think about.”
As an artist whose works are rather emotionally driven, Shevah has had her experiences of followers whose lives were touched by her works and she said, “I’m always surprised because my writing is vague at times and things can be ambiguous. There is one woman who I met in 2016 after she became disabled. She recently sent me some photos of her paintings and told me she began painting after she met me. That was special.”
As someone who dabbles in multiple mediums, Shevah’s creative process varies from medium to medium. When she is drawing, she is organized and quiet and prefers to be alone and only works on one piece at a time. When she paints, she listens to music and she does a number of paintings at the same time. The quotes in her works usually come to her as she creates the art and feel like subconscious memories and feelings which are evoked as she works.
The artist is currently working on a zine that she hopes to finish a couple months time. In the long term, she hopes to continue making works that are meaningful to herself and to others. She also looks forward to doing more physical art shows in galleries and to work with other artists on projects.
You can see more of her works here
Text Fathima Abdul Kader