Artist's Bio

 

 

Zara is primarily an oil painter working mainly in the tradition of classical portraiture with a particular interest in the genre of the 'tronie'. A tronie could be summarised as the pursuit of a likeness of certain stock human characteristics in a particular setting or attire. Zara is most well known for her series of works portraying the 'Girl in a Turban'. This series began around 2012 based on images modelled by her niece and has evolved over the years to become focused on the universal and mysterious appeal of the 'youthful face adorned in a fabric headdress'. The principal aim of these works is to convey a sense of timelessness and serenity.

Zara Kuchi was born in Cornwall 1977. She studied Fine Art at Carmarthenshire College of Arts and Technology and went on to graduate from Falmouth College of Arts with First Class Honours in 2000. She now lives and works in rural West Wales.

'' Beauty is life when life unveils her holy face. But you are life and you are the veil.'' - Kahlil Gibran

Education 

1996 - 1997

Carmarthenshire College of Technology and Art, Carmarthen

Foundation Course in Art and Design

1997 - 2000

Falmouth College of Arts, Falmouth, Cornwall

BA (Hons) Fine Art

2001 - 2002

University of Newcastle-Upon-Tyne

MSc Rural Resource and Countryside Management

Awards 

2010

2009

2008

2008

1st Prize Rhondda Heritage Park Open Art Show

1st Prize Emrys Art Mini Open Art Exhibition

2nd Prize Art Matters Open Art Show

1st Prize Emrys Mini Open Art Exhibition

Exhibitions 

Solo

2019

Zara Kuchi in the Spotlight, King Street Gallery, Carmarthen

2017

Oriel Blodau Bach, New Inn, Carmarthenshire

2015

2015

2015

2012

2011

Coach House Gallery, St.Dogmaels, Cardigan

Rainbow Body, King Street Gallery, Carmarthen

Back Wall Series, Oriel Myrddin, Carmarthen

Born Upon the Tempest, King Street Gallery, Carmarthen

Corn Exchange Gallery, Cardigan

Group

2012 - 2020

Exhibiting member of King Street Gallery Artist's Co-operative, Carmarthen

2019

2018

2017

2016

2016

2016

2015

2015

2012

2011

2011

2010

2010

2010

2010

2009

2008

2008

2008

2000

1995

Joined Yr Oriel Gallery, Newport, Pembrokeshire

Taith Contemporary Art, Peartree Barn, Beccles, Suffolk

Joined Oriel Mimosa Gallery, Llandeilo

Square Pegs Christmas Show, Corn Exchange Gallery, Cardigan

Illustrations published in 'Silver Wheel:The Lost Teachings of the Deerskin Book' by Elen Tompkins

'Orphans', Square Pegs, Cawdor Hall, Newcastle Emlyn

'On the Wing', Square Pegs, Corn Exchange Gallery, Cardigan

Taith, Oriel Henry Thomas, Carmarthen

'Beep', Wales' International Painting Prize, Volcano Theatre, Swansea

'Gifted II', Square Pegs, Corn Exchange, Cardigan

'Small Packages', Greystones, Cardigan

Lines and Strata 2, Art Matters Gallery, Tenby

Open Art Summer Show, Rhondda Heritage Park

Lines and Strata 2, Theatr Mwldan Gallery, Cardigan

Lines and Strata 2, Denbigh Library Art Gallery

Corn Exchange Gallery Cardigan

Art Matters Gallery Open Art Show, Tenby

Seven Deadly Sins, Picton Castle

'In God's Image', Oriel Cambria, Tregaron

Up & Above Gallery Summer Show, Falmouth, Cornwall

Joint Show with Phil Alder, Theatr Mwldan Gallery, Cardigan

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