Neelam Shaikh, a 17-year-old Bethesda resident and 12th grade student at Sidwell Friends School, will present her second collection of art work at the Yellow Barn Gallery in Glen Echo on February 4 and 5, 2017. Miss Shaikh held her first art show in the Yellow Barn Gallery in 2013 at age 14, making her the youngest artist to exhibit work at the gallery. Hosted by the National Park Service, Miss Shaikh’s new exhibit will showcase some 30-40 pieces of art completed during the past 4 years, reflecting her artistic development. Miss Shaikh works with various techniques and media, primarily focusing on oil paintings and charcoal drawings.
Miss Shaikh has recently focused on urban night scenes, inspired by contemporary artist Jeremy Mann’s cityscapes. “I began experimenting with abstract light forms and bold colors, while still aiming to create a realistic vision. The night enhances artificial light forms and exaggerates color contrasts. I now look naturally for abstracted shapes in everyday life and view the night through a different prism.” Miss Shaikh presents her collection of night scenes along with other new pieces at the upcoming exhibition.
According to Sunita Iyer, Miss Shaikh’s mother, Neelam’s involvement in the strong arts programs in middle school at Norwood and high school at Sidwell Friends enabled her to identify and pursue her interest. A student of W. Michael Bartman III at the Yellow Barn Studio for the past 4 years, Miss Shaikh has explored new artistic styles and developed her technique under his direction.
Miss Shaikh graduates from Sidwell Friends School in June and will attend Yale University this fall. She plans to participate actively in the arts at Yale and in New Haven.
The Yellow Barn Gallery is open on February 4 and 5 from 12:00 pm to 5:00 pm, and all events are open to the public. A reception for the artist is scheduled for February 4 from 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm. For more information, contact the Yellow Barn Gallery at 301-371-5593.