Mixed Media, Painting

Kahnamoui, NikNaz

About the artist
My creative journey began when I was studying architecture in Iran in the early '90s. I started exploring acrylics and mixed media a decade ago and since then haven’t stopped. Inspired by poetry and prose, I create ethereal paintings that aim to depict the ebbs and flows of life, the ongoing quest for meaning, and the longing for ‘safa’ or transcendence. My work is held in private collections in Canada, the US, and Europe. The Colour of Distance: A Payne’s gray monochrome palette met me where I was, and took me back to the basics. Liberated from colour choices, the shades, tones and tints highlight the ebbs and flows of my mental state, diluted paint reflect my tears, and mixed media and impasto speak to the layers of grief. I found strength in the range and power of my brushwork. I found the will to continue in the flow and movement of the paint. I found meaning in the ability to see, to feel, and to make art. I painted my way through grief; I painted through tubs of paint, through tears – lots of tears. In time, after painting many panels that captured the blue of years of my amorphous grief, solace gradually found its way into my heart. I was able to look at the blue of distance and hold the eternal longing without the need to arrive. And that is how I began to paint the "beauty of that blue that can never be possessed" (Solnit).

Oh, to love what is lovely and will not last!
What a task
to ask
of anything, or anyone,
yet it is ours,
and not by the century or the year, but by the hours.
- Mary Oliver

Map Code: D5
975 Vernon Dr
Vancouver , BC
Studio #230