Published in 2007
Fareen Butt is a gemstone painter born in Toronto and based in New York. She has exhibited
created commissioned works internationally. Several prominent collections, as well as museums,
have now garnered an interest in her works.
Fareen's paintings of representational mountainscapes have the following technical influences:
Pointillism has been the signature of Seurat in the 1800's and Pousette Dart in more recent
times, both employing oil paints as a medium. Painting with gemstone pigments has been
employed for thousands of years by a variety of artisans from Japan to Persia, in which the
medium consists of precious stones and metals. Fareen's work can contain pure gold and silver
for example, as well as sapphire, onyx, and minerals more familiar to geologists such as witherite
(phosphourescent mineral) or muonionalusta (mineral from a meteor).
Conceptualy, the Mirage Series is inspired by sacred landscapes.