by Susanna Corcoran in New Art on Saturday 13 August 2011

Painter Zina Al-Shukri is addicted to people, to looking them in the eye, and then painting what she’s seen inside. The tall, charming Iraqi-born, Little Rock-bred artist seems to embody her paintings: large-scale, colorful, loose, vivid portraits in the spirit of Alice Neel. Her latest, of amorphous blob-creatures are equally compelling.