Kajal is a London-based visual artist, photographer and world traveller. She has visited over 50 cities in 18 countries, where she loves to explore the architecture, interact with people and try the local cuisine.
Kajal was born in London in 1989 and grew up on the tropical coast of Kenya, where her art was influenced by sociopolitical issues in that region. She spent her formative years exploring the relationship between beauty and the dark side of human nature through art. Her influences came from the political unrest and tribal massacres in the country, as well as smaller acts of violence, witnessed on the streets due to a failing justice system.
She won several awards for her artwork, as a child, including an Honourable Mention in the A.C.T.S ( Assist a Child To School) charity competition, which urged her to use her art to make a difference.
After moving to England in 2008, her inspirations changed. She was in awe of the splendour in human creation and nature, and tried to capture it’s glorious detail in her artwork. Older architecture fascinated her, and her work reflected the beauty in the places she visited, and their effect on her own emotions and interactions.
She is currently working on a series of paintings highlighting the short-sightedness of poaching practices in Africa, and the effects of rapid development of countries to endangered species around the world.
In her spare time, Kajal can be found baking cupcakes, salsa dancing and visiting the theatre.
CURRENT: The Art of Caring, Conference Centre Gallery, St Pancras Hospital, London, UK, July 21 – October 19
Society of Women Artists Annual Exhibition, The Mall Galleries, London, UK, July 4 – July 9
Women in Art (2), Burgh House, Hampstead, London, UK, July 4 – July 9 (Finalist for the Holly Bush Emerging Woman Painter Prize 2017)
6x6x2017, Rochester Contemporary Art Center, Rochester, New York, USA, June 3 – July 16
Other People Have A Nationality, Fringe Arts Bath Festival, Bath, UK, May 26 – June 11
The Art of Caring, St. George’s Hospital, London, UK, May 3 – May 12
Sketchbook West, Las Laguna Gallery, Laguna Beach, California, USA, April 6 – April 29
TAE17, Stratford ArtsHouse, Stratford-upon-Avon, UK, April 1 – April 19
The International Postcard Show, Surface Gallery, Nottingham, UK, January 13 – February 11
Retrospective Exhibition, Kensington & Chelsea College Gallery, London, UK, November 30 – December 8
The Art of Caring, St Pancras Hospital, London, UK, July 21 – October 13
6x6x2016, Rochester Contemporary Art Center, Rochester, New York, USA, June 4 – July 17
The Art of Caring, The Rose Theatre, Kingston-upon-Thames, UK, May 12 – May 24
Twitter Art Exhibit: New York City, Trygve Lie Gallery, Manhattan, New York, USA, March 31 – April 21
Bath Society of Artists 110th Annual Exhibition, Victoria Art Gallery, Bath, UK, May 16 – June 27
Works held in private collections in New York (USA), Texas (USA), Bristol (UK), London (UK) and Norway.
PRESS AND PUBLICATIONS
Shah, K. (2017, April 9). Autumn Song. ArtAscent Art & Literature Journal, [Issue 24, Bliss]. Page 87.
Shah, K. (2017, April 9). Kajal Shah. ArtAscent. Retrieved from https://artascent.com/kajal-shah/
Sutherland, G. (2017, April 3). Artists from around the world donate work for charity art sale. Stratford Herald. Retrieved from https://www.stratford-herald.com/68429-artists-around-world-donate-work-charity-art-sale.html.