Nominated for the award: Arts and Culture
Company: Nisreen;s Art Studio
Position: Fine Artist
Biography: Everyone knows Mississauga’s gregarious and spirited painter Nisreen Askar. Nisreen connects with her surroundings and with people through her art, capturing and sharing the immediacy of beauty and colors reflect her desire to show her interpretation of the beauty around her. Her work ranges from realistic to abstract, and specializes in landscapes in various medias (oil or acrylics). Nisreen graduated with honours in Fine Arts program from Sheridan College in Oakville and Visual Art Diploma International Career School (ICS Canada) In addition, she has many years of formal academic education, training, and teaching overseas and in Canada. ARTIST STATEMENT: My love for art and the beauty of colours around me has called to me all my life. Deeply influenced by my artistic father, I took to painting at a very early age. As a child, I was immersed in the world of paints and perfected my skills with varied courses. Art to me is spiritual as it gives me an opportunity to explore the expression of energy, freedom, boldness, beauty and love for life. My paintings are executed in various media (oil and acrylic on canvas or panels, as well murals on walls indoors and out, and decorative materials). I work with a brush, palette knife, or even my hands, to express mood, movement, and the rich beauty of my subject matter. I dwell in the moment and paint the immediate observations around me. When I paint, I am viscerally connected to my subject matter. Everything else around me fades away and I become child-like in conveying my world, enjoying the playfulness and spontaneity of pure artistic expression. Far from academic in my approach, I don’t plan, but focus rather on the colours and forms that come to me as I paint in that moment.