Fatspatrol (Fathima is an Indian-Canadian artist raised in Dubai, currently based in Toronto.
Having grown up with imaginative storytelling through Indian and Arabian folklore, her brother’s comics books and her mother’s love for literature, Fathima taps in to our inclination to make sense of the world, and our search for truth and meaning through narrative and mythology. Her work reveals universal messages and sentiments that transcend the borders and cultural identities she is constantly challenged by.
Working with symbols, often involving imagery from nature, as much mythology does, she expresses personal life learning, experiences and nostalgia that might resonate with strangers. Visually her work resonates of several influences including Indian block printing, illustration, Arabic patterns and graffiti.
Fatspatrol’s work spans street and studio art. Her murals range from commercial commissions to street art festivals around the world often exploring environmental and humanitarian themes that are relevant to their locations. The migrating geese in Calgary, for instance, come from her own story of being a Canadian immigrant.
Fatspatrol’s studio art ranges from paintings on wood and canvas to block printing, working with found objects and artifacts, and digital illustration.
Passionate about all of art’s functions and value to social progress, her work also encompasses outreach projects with challenged communities and youth including projects in India and Jordan.
In 2010 Fathima was awarded the Sheikha Manal Young Artist Award in Dubai. And in 2011 she founded The Domino, a small business and platform that has helped pave the way for Dubai’s artist community and grass roots movement.
She has a BA in studio art from U of T and an MA in sociology from Goldsmiths, University of London.