Category: Figurative

No! It’s not a Medusa!

Self-portrait/Scream & “Friends”

A product of pain and suffering period in my life of a belief that was broken, a moment of questioning all that existed, the bitter truth & unfairness.

And the remedy for that pain and suffering was to create that “scream”. The scream that never came out; burning me from inside.

I am a survivor!

Learning the Art of Ceramics

Walking in Gardiner Museum in Toronto, the first artwork that is introduced to us (a group of students) was the 3 ceramics tall vases created by Greg Payce. 

He is born in 1956 and this specific art work installed at the entrance for greetings and  welcoming visitors. Earthenware with Slips was used in this piece with the title of “Apparently”, created in 1999.

At first, one would see 3 tall vases close to each other but with different shapes and colour contrast. When looked deeper at the shapes you can see a boy and a girl looking at each other in the negative space between vases.

One has to have a strong and powerful vision of creating such shapes and slips on the vases to bring the illusion of human body and form. The positive and negative spaces and varieties of bright colours gives a Joyful conjunction.

The contrast of two black on the sides with the colourful stripes in the centre catches the eye and emphasizes more at the centre piece which at the same time harmonizes the balance between them.

The lively illusion of characters looks as if they were about to start a folkloric dance. There is an impression of music in the background, playing off colours and joyous dances in a happy celebration. The composition works so well that the gender can be differentiated.

This art work is a showcase of hope and innocence conveyed by the forms of children along side of history and cultural, symbolized by different colour and surface treatment is cleverly imagined, planned and implemented and shows the artist’s vision, sensitivity and technical expertise.

The layered vessels with stripes and bursts of colour, and the spaces between them that reveals images of a boy and a girl makes an impressive affect. These hidden images show that beauty is found not only in what is built but in the quality of the spaces in-between these creations to an observant visitor!

This ceramic art work brought so much interest in me that some research was required and compiling to get a grasp of this artist and his works. It brought great pleasure to find out that he is a Canadian born artist.

- The piece encourages strong feelings in me as I see an immense authentic similarity between human and clay.  Clay forms through fire, the same way, human forms through life experience and knowledge. It is the life challenges that shape mortals, just as the artist design and build the clay. - It is designed, organized and executed to the perfection that not only the vertical lines are in conjunction and harmony in form and colour, it also gives the viewer the sense of dimension in a reality effect. The effect that is conceptual and untouchable. It offers a powerful feeling of emotion as if these ceramics are whispering their thoughts and stories in a philosophical way.

I have gathered some images of this brilliant artist below:

 I hope you enjoyed it as much as I did ;)

What do you feel about these artworks?

37 Artists Featuring their art works for 2 days in 1 place!

 

On September 29th and 30th, I will be among the 37 local artists of North York Visual
Artists 12th annual Tour and Sale, displaying my paintings. The event is open to the public and admission is free.

5 Artists will be showing their art works in their home studios and 32 in Toronto Botanical Garden (Edwards Gardens) located at 777 Lawrence Ave. east. Among these 5 artists at their home studios is my dear friend Nahid Marandi who’s studio is located @ 65 Banbury Rd. (home studio C on the map below).

That is why it’s called ‘Tour’ since you can take a tour in North York from Lawrence Ave. to Finch Ave. and Yonge Street to Don Mills Road.

From paintings (oil, acrylic, mixed media, watercolor, encaustic & resin) to photography, fused glass and pottery will be on sale. Don’t miss it If you are in town ;) trust me, it will be colourful :)

Cheers! ;)

Imagination, Figurative and Abstract paintings

Several years ago, in 2002-03, my friend and I had decided to start painting together on the weekends,  since we both worked during the week. For me, it was after a few years of pause that I restarted painting.

I remember it was autumn. The Fall in Toronto is one of the most beautiful seasons of all. It makes you fall in love with the nature & Toronto all over again. The vibrant colors, around the city, gives you energy and makes you “dream-walk.”

It was at that time that I wanted to try a new medium. So I started with the oil painting but soon switched to acrylic because I didn’t have the patience of the drying time. It was also in this year that my friend suggested to use my imagination instead of drawing objects. I wanted to give it a try, so there I was, experimenting a new medium with new style! Of course I had to ruin a few canvases first, but here are some of my artworks from that time.

I named them “the moment series”:

The Moment 04
The Moment #4

 

I envision freedom as a state in which the man and the woman are utterly equal. I drew two people with no barriers, no external boundaries and challenges. The figures are deeply connected with no obstacles between them. Together they are freed from a past full of pain. They are free and in peace. They are the “Adam and Eve” of the twenty-first century, together experiencing the New Earth.

The Moment 05
The Moment #5
The Moment 06
The Moment #6
The Moment 02
The Moment #2
The moment # 03
The Moment #3