As a girl, Laxmi Hussain loved spending afternoons drawing in her father’s corner store in St. John’s Wood, London: “I used to spread my paper and pens on top of the ice cream fridges looking out the window.” She went on to earn a degree in architecture and to work in design. She’s now a mother of three, and when her oldest was in pre-school, she rediscovered making art through him: “the more he drew, the more I did; we’d do it together.”
Laxmi has since focused on being an artist and during her recent pregnancy—her youngest is 10 months old—she began painting the female form. Her latest series, newly available from Partnership Editions, is dedicated to her mother, who she lost to cancer in 2018 at age 64. The collection is in shades of blue, a color Laxmi associates with her mother: “she’s all around me and in everything I do.”
Photography by Laxmi Hussain, unless noted.