The Creative Behind Gallery Naturalist
Zuhal Kuvan-Mills is a Perth/WA based multimedia and visual artist whose work is inspired by nature and the very foundations of sustainability. She visualizes patterns, and meditates on the correlation between natural materials. She then explores the regeneration/destruction, transience, fragility and the inter-connectivity of nature. Her artistic values lie in empowerment for the socially oppressed and preservation of our biophysical environment. She uses photography, drawing and textiles (particularly alpaca fibre) to create her work. Her use of textiles are usually based on social justice themes, particularly relating to violence against women.
Zuhal casts a wide net in the art/fashion world and has demonstrated her versatility as an artist with her work in fashion art, whilst working at Green Embassy (www.greenembassy.com.au) and founding International Eco Fashion Week Australia (www.ecofashionweekaustralia.com). Zuhal has reached many heights in her professional life and has been recognized and featured in Vogue UK, Vogue China, SBS, and Channel 7 plus many more. She has also seen her designs worn by Pamela Anderson and Adina Porter. Currently she works from her studio www.atelierzuhal.com and is owner and curator of Gallery Naturalist based in Swan Valley-Perth.
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Zuhal is a serial student of life! She believes that one can never stop learning and uses that knowledge to reflect upon in her artwork and designs. She started her Art Degree at University of Creative Arts in London and completed her BA (Art) Curtin University - Western Australia. She also has a Post Grad Diploma in Education from Greenwich University in London, and is a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, which she obtained from Istanbul University.
Zuhal has exhibited her works across the globe (Perth, Melbourne, Canberra, Germany, Canada, United Kingdom, Turkey, New Zealand, China, and the United States of America) and has been touring and exhibiting since 2006. She has been doing so as a sustainable fashion artist, participating in various International Fashion Week events and has had the honour of representing Australia at these prestigious occasions. Many of her works are now in private collections and corporations.