There’s a distinct and inescapable illustrative charm and enigmatic graphic presence to a Shazia study, which is prevalent with each and every new pictorial reveal that the acclaimed contemporary figurative artist treats us to; and which has always been the case. So therefore the ushering in of the best-selling fine art practitioner’s very latest Autumn 2016 giclee on canvas limited edition has been a date marked in the calendar of both her adoring fans and seasoned collectors alike, for a long while now. Yet finally the day has homed into sight when we can all get our excited mitts on the brand new canvas with slip iteration which we now stare out upon. Entitled ‘Mila’, once more we are confronted with the almost ethereal presence of a painted little character which has been manifest akin to a typical portrait painting of yore, quite still and relatively ordinary to the casual glance, yet when scrutinised clearly a thing of abject beauty and untold depth. And of course, “equalled only by the charming nervousness revealed within the peripheral ‘full stop’ eyes that stare blankly back,” to coin the very sentence uttered by the best-selling Shazia herself to celebrate this visually-obliging occasion.