March 9, 2016 – ongoing
ICAA is honored to launch its first exhibition at the new “iArt” location. The exhibit features the work of (10) Artists’ is open every Wednesdays and Saturdays from: 11:00 am to 4:00 pm. More information about the featured artists can be found below.
Gutkin Vladimir was born in Russia in 1938. He graduated from the University of Geodesy and Cartography in Moscow, where he defended a thesis too. About 50 years worked in the field of cartography. The last 10 years pyrography is his hobby. Participated in some Craft Show in Lion"s Club and in Church, Dundas, in Russian House, in International Exhibition in Hamilton. He took part in Exhibition in Immigrant Culture & Art Association. In ICAA he had Lessons with the Students about Pyrography and received Certificate of acknowledgement.
Abdullah Taraky was a former student of the ICAA’s Professional Art Program and later obtained his Bachelor of Animation in a competitive program at Sheridan College. Mr. Taraky is now a prominent Senior Concept Artist who has worked alongside the industry’s greatest at Warner Brothers Games Montreal Inc., Sony Pictures, Beenox – Activision Blizzard, Gameloft, Motorola, Blur Studios, Amazon Studios, Krystal Levy Pictures, DLK Studios and others. More recently Mr. Taraky is a Senior Concept Artist working on motion pictures at Luma Pictures. Despite residing in Santa Monica, California, Mr. Taraky remains committed to extending access to the arts among immigrant and low income populations in Hamilton.
I was born in Poland, earning my degree in Commercial Art and Advertising before setting my roots in Canada, more than 30 years ago. I expanded my studies by taking many additional art courses at the Dundas Valley School of Art, Art Gallery of Hamilton and Mohawk College, ranging from Graphic Design, Creative Watercolour to Artist Educator Program. My portfolio includes a variety of media, such as: computer graphic design; publishing a newspaper and a magazine; oil and acrylic painting; watercolour; portraits in pencil; and creative window painting, as well as huge wall artwork (murals) created for private and commercial clients. My graphic design and printing business, Art of Design, serves Hamilton businesses and many artists by producing their promotional materials like business cards, brochures, banners or signs. Currently, I live, work and create in my home studio in Dundas, Ontario. www.artofdesign.ca City: Dundas Tel: 905-628-1234 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Wafaa Al Rawi Wafaa Al Rawi is a Ceramic Artist and a Glass Painter who graduated from the Faculty of Fine Arts of the Baghdad Institute in 1983. Wafaa’s Senior Thesis Project took first place in the category of Ceramic Art and she has subsequently presented her work at exhibits including the Iraq Rashid Hotel, the Al Iraq Said Club, in Japan and at the Jordon Fine Arts Festival. After coming to Canada, Wafaa continues to showcase her work. She has recently exhibited her work at the 2014-2015 International Immigrant Women’s Health Conference at McMaster University, the Immigrant Culture and Art Association’s 2015 Annual Gala and the Hamilton Central Library in 2015.
Sala Alwakeel I taught myself to paint at early age, and was born with a love and talent for art, which I continuously worked on throughout my entire life. I have a bachelor degree from University of Technology in Baghdad as Electrical Engineer. Since then, I’ve studied at the Dundas Valley School of Art, the Dumzai art center, Immigrant Culture and Art Association (ICAA) and also completed a one-year program in Art and Design foundation from Mohawk Collage. My preferred art style is abstract and realism, but I also dabble in landscape and portrait.
Lamyaa Al Qadhi Lamyaa Al Qadhi has been working with clay and ceramics for more than 20 years. Her greatest reward as a potter are spending time in the studio transforming a lump of clay into a useful and attractive object and seeing the pleasure that this can bring to others. She graduated with a diploma in Ceramic and Pottery from the Popular Art Industry in (1984) in Iraq. Started her profession in 1986 as an assistant and worked under the supervision of a famous Iraqi, Artist Ablaa Al azawi, for five years. Lamyaa opened her own studio in 1990. Lamyaa have her own style; Produce Artwork combining the ceramic with beads, chains, leather yarns and mirrors in attractive forms and surface decoration. Apply glaze through a variety of techniques, including dipping, spraying and ‘brushing’ - often applying 3 or more glazes on each piece. Now she’s entertaining Immigrant Culture and Art Association students with her style and work experience.
Mustafa Ismael I learn painting in my early age from my father. I graduated from the Academi of Fine Art in Baghdad. I learn about diversity of art in Canada after my arrival in 2012. I was introduced to the Immigrant Culture and Art Association upon settling in Hamilton and become an art instructor at ICAA in 2013. My artistic style includes portraits, the orientalist style, mural painting, landscape and more. I use oil paint as well as acrylics. The nature of my work varies from time to time. I have participated in the Hamilton Art Market, same year I exhibited my art works at the International Art Market. I In the past I participated in more than fifteen join exhibitions with other artists in Iraq, Syria, Jordon and Egypt.
Shamsi is an award winning graduate of OCAD University in 2003. Born in Tehran, Iran, she also holds her Bachelors of Art from Iran. Shamsi has invented and pioneered a painting technique called Heat Drawing, where she creates images on heat sensitive papers without using conventional materials, but by applying heat to their surfaces. Shamsi works in a wide variety of other media such as water colour, oil, acrylic, pastel, multimedia and printmaking. She has participated in numerous solo exhibitions and group shows, received several awards, and Ontario Arts Council Grant in 2010 and 2012. Her work has also been selected as the cover of Ontario’s Community Arts Matters! (CAM) newspaper in 2007. She has further performed a live demonstration on City TV’s Breakfast Television on May 7, 2003. Shamsi has also been selected by the Royal Bank of Canada as the sponsored Iranian Art Representative at the Cultura Festival in 2011and Tirgan Festivals in 2011 and 2013. She is also the recipient of the 2014 Iranian Canadian Congress (ICC) Achievement Award, in the category of “Excellence in Community Contribution” for the Arts field. Email: email@example.com Website: www.artisticpick.com
Yar M. Taraky began his professional career as an artist with the mentorship of Afghan master Ustad Khair Mohammad. Mr. Taraky defended his Master of Arts Degree in 1994 from the Tashkent Academy of Arts in the Republic of Uzbekistan while training at the Surikov Academy of Arts in Moscow. Yar regularly exhibited his work and organized more than 20 solo and group exhibitions in Afghanistan, Europe and Canada. More recently Yar has taught at the Kabul University’s Faculty of Fine Arts, the St. Claire College of Arts and the ICAA’s Professional Art Program. Yar’s artistic style merges realistic expression with a division in colours. In doing so, Yar expresses the outer and inner environment with his vision of harmony between opposites comprising of colours, contrasts or objects. Yar’s work illustrates the dynamic harmony inherent in realism and relies on geometry and contrast to convey this to the audience. Much of his contemporary collection conveys a theme of optimism, music, celebration and dance which is entrenched in traditional culture.