Oona Hassim

Oona Hassim’s unique style of painting is poised between figurative and abstract; her subject documents the passage of humanity that traverses the city of London. As one of the contemporary artists who continues to express concern about the city as a paradigm for society, her work depicts the city’s paradox of positive and negative energies; Hassim’s paintings focus on people’s collective reaction to reported events and their freedom to respond. Her work often balances the carefree and colourful streets of London with the tension of a changing environment. 

She examines a variety of public demonstrations: from climate change, ‘Extinction Rebellion’, and freedom of press protests, such as Julian Assange, to NHS demos against austerity, Brexit and Anti-Brexit marches, before the Covid-19 crisis.