Featured image credit: Yaseen.
As ‘The Young Muslim Artists You Need to Follow on Instagram’ soldiers on into its sixth instalment, we feel it’s high time to introduce a new medium into this format: food.
Yaseen is a UK based artist and illustrator who’s developed a reputation for creating incredible works of art through wonderful experiments involving the stuff we usually eat.
Speaking to Buzzfeed, Yaseen described how his craft came about: ‘I was around seven years old. We used coffee and tea as a dye to stain paper, giving it an aged look. This encouraged me to look for other household items in the kitchen cupboard such as turmeric and the experimenting began.’
After a decade away from art to pursue a potential career in dentistry, Yaseen rediscovered his love for drawing after he was asked to sketch a tooth as part of his course. Not wanting to be constrained to regular media, he incorporated food into his work, something he describes on his Facebook page as ‘assemblage arts’.
As you can see from his Instagram posts, his work often involves the delicate blending of carefully arranged food and intricate drawing, which combine to create truly unique images.
However, he’s also a skilled draftsman, as you can see in his more traditional pen and pencil illustrations:
Of all the artists we’ve featured, Yaseen’s work is perhaps the one portfolio we’d really love to see in the flesh. We reckon his drawings would engage the senses like few other pictures could.
We’d also have a request. Could Yassen make art that we can immediately eat? It would not only be delicious, but would pose larger questions about the fleeting nature of art in a digital era intent on limiting the lasting impact of culture. Or something.
If you like what you see, be sure to follow Yaseen on Instagram and don’t forget to check out his website.