Madame Crystals

In London’s NOW Gallery, from 15th May to 23rd June, visitors will be able to admire the sparkling version of the Leonardo da Vinci’s “Last Supper” by Pakistani artist, Sara Shakeel. Famous for her skill in creating and decorating works of art using crystals, Sarah was chosen by the gallery as the best emerging talent of the year in the field of visual arts and illustration. 


Her first truly interesting international collaboration which will also put the gallery itself into play. In fact, for the very first time, there will be no light sources. The halls will be totally dark while a large spotlight will light up the long dining table adorned with crystal decorations. Besides the famous Da Vinci painting, “The Great Supper” exhibition also includes a laid table inviting visitors to observe an everyday scene that everyone will be able to recognize and relate to. The table will be set with a typical Sunday lunch where even the traditional roast will be covered with shining gems. A family scene to encourage people to reflect on the precious moments that nowadays seem to have become too fast and taken over by the power of technology and consumerism.

Sparking conversations around food, family ties and ultimately the perceived value of banal and ‘ordinary’ objects, Sara Shakeel’s The Great Supper invites visitors to observe the ephemerality of the simpler pleasures in life.


The Great Supper is Shakeel’s most ambitious project to date and her first UK exhibition. Having gained notoriety for ‘breaking the internet’ multiple times on Instagram via her works, the dentist-turned-artist is renowned for conveying human emotions through striking and stylish collage works, rendering landscapes and portraits, to create alluring digital, and more currently, three-dimensional crystal works.

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