Born in 1975 in Kashmir, Pakistan, brought up in Lancashire and now living in Shropshire, Halima’s varied, multi-cultural background is tangibly present in her work.
A natural creativity presented itself at an early age and was nurtured to fruition as Halima carved her way through an art-based education: an undergraduate degree in 1997 and an MA in 2002
The culmination of this process is Halima’s mature work. Fusing her Asian roots with a fascination for African pattern work and her deep passion for geometry found in both natural and architectural structures. Halima’s work is intense yet playful, structured yet creative; substantial yet dynamic and compelling in its originality.
“When creating a piece, the most exciting moment for me is when my flat designs become dramatically transformed when charted over a structure and then taken to another level by heavily carving into it. More recently I have become interested in cutting more dramatically in to the original form, sometimes to the point where the form begins to distort and is no longer recognisable as a geometric volume.”
Halima Cassell has work in numerous public collections: V&A, London, The Hepworth, Wakefield, Fitzwilliam Museum, Sovereign Asian Arts, Hong Kong, Manchester Art Gallery, Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery, Antony House, National Trust , Jerwood Foundation, Leeds Museum & Art Gallery, Walker Art Gallery and Museum, Liverpool, Dundee Museum and Art Gallery, Harris Museum, Preston, Shipley Museum and Art Gallery, Gateshead, Bolton Museum & many more.
Halima has completed several Public Art Commissions, Scholarships and Residencies, she has had several books published about her work and has been the subject of numerous articles, reviews and features in national and international magazines and publications.