Ghizlan’s quest is to find the best light to enhance and give new dimensions to her portraits. She mixes warm and cold light within her artworks – and, working with a lighting designer and metalwork artist, she creates their distinctive bespoke frames.

For the transparency, crucial to her work, she uses modern metallic paint. Oils and traditional temperas achieve the contrasting opacity and texture.

‘My wish is to find the ideal lighting to enhance the portrait, in order to achieve an ever-changing image.’

Ghizlan El Glaoui