Hamgama Amiri: Pastoral & Industrial

When: June 5-July 27 2014

In a region saturated with landscape painters, Afghan artist Hangama Amiri manages to stand out from the crowd, creating a body of paintings that hit you on an emotional, gut level. This summer be sure to check out her paintings of familiar Nova Scotian scenes at the north end's Hermes art gallery. "Amiri possesses a great ability to capture the sight of a place as it may be experienced in the heart," says gallery director Emily Jones. "These paintings really emote the feel of our city and rural spots in the province." Amiri flitted from one place to the next growing up, as her family fled the Taliban in Afghanistan, passing through Pakistan, Iran, Tajikistan and Russia. Her ability to quickly connect with the raw nerve of each place she winds up is evident in her work. Whether she's capturing the light flicking off the water on the South Shore in clashing greens and Pepto-Bismol pinks---leaving you feeling ever so seasick---or painting gritty industrial areas of Halifax in slate blues and wild yellows, Amiri helps you see your own backyard with new eyes. —Lizzy Hill


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