Exhibitions - Kareem Abbas: Attraction

Please join us Thursday October 4, from 7-9 p.m. as we celebrate the opening of Kareem Abbas'exhibit, Attraction. Everyone is welcome. The exhibit will be on display from October 1-30, 2018.

Artists' Statement

I am attracted to all things that surround me; such as colour, structure, shape, motion and horizon. My surroundings have a way of attracting themselves to each other. I try not to be influenced by any physical laws of art. I change the shape, move the colours, leave them broken apart in some cases, and overall use my visions to paint. I don't search for things to paint, they appear to me naturally and I am attracted to their form, sensation, and beauty. I end with one question, why do things we view attract us and what is the value of attraction.

My name is Karem Aneed, I was born in 1963 and graduated from the University of Baghdad of Fine Arts in 1989 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts. Ever since I was a child, I knew and appreciated the meaning of art, movement, colour, depth, equilibrium and horizon. I am looking for a language which considers a bridge for all people, which is art. During my years in university, my talent and knowledge in art increased, and I learned the true and proper fundamental skills. I was known for my work and my art shows with many experienced and famous artists, which began in 1982 and continued until I left my home county in 2001. I also had solo exhibitions in my country and many other countries. I have achieved several distinguished awards, including one from Paris to mark the second centennial anniversary of the passing of famous write Victor Hugo. Furthermore, I am a recognized international artist as I subscribe to the membership of AIAP(UNESCO) in 1993.

Once arriving to my new homeland, Canada, I decided to continue with my passion. I continued my artwork and participated with the Canadian Artists' Community. I have recently received an invitation for a solo exhibition, created from 30 stallion paintings in Montreal at the Musée des Maîtres et Artisans du Québec.

I chose the topic "Horses" because of the beauty of the animal and how their muscles appeal to the senses. From the movement of the paint brush and the colour harmony, the shape of horses caught my attention. Their muscles provide the right light and shadow to appeal to the viewer's senses. My focus was on the colour treatment and its transformations providing the true image behind the horses muscles. Although horses are very challenging to paint, I took the challenge to test my abilities. My studies commenced around building the horse shape, treating the colours, and creating my own lighting to trick the human eye. The light effects are the reason I thought of background with similar harmony colours of the horse. In the artists vision mixing colours with each other has a different look in a normal eye, while the eye and vision of an artist is skilled and trained to look at colours and small details differently than everyone else. Studying anatomy is very important skill for an artist to express their true ability in painting, to bring real enjoyment and life to the painting for the viewers, providing that an artist’s hand can translate small details better than cameras.