Recognized by the Surrey Now as a “Top 10 Local Artist” in 2006, Hormozd Poorooshasb will celebrate his first show in six years on April 12. Art lovers are invited to a “meet the artist” reception at the Good Day Sunshine Café in South Surrey.
Described by an art instructor in his younger years as incapable of producing natural colours, Poorooshasb — who signs his work using only his first name — picked up a paintbrush at the age of 69 and is now known for his startling use of colour and arresting brushstrokes.
“For me, art is about re-imagining beauty,” said Poorooshasb, who is inspired by the work of impressionist master Paul Gauguin. “If you just try to reproduce an image, you might as well photograph it. When I paint, I use vibrant colours and bold brushstrokes to improve on natural beauty, to put myself in it.”
Originally from Tehran, Iran, Poorooshasb has lived in South Surrey since 2004, when he retired as a professor of engineering from Concordia University in Montreal. His work has been exhibited in Vancouver and White Rock, and has been purchased by people as far away as Winnipeg; San Francisco, CA; Washington, DC; and the Middle East.
“While I paint for myself and the joy it brings me and my family, I’m delighted to share my work at the Good Day Sunshine Café, where the owners are personal friends,” Poorooshasb added.
The “meet the artist” reception will take place on Apr. 12, 2014 from 4 – 6 p.m. at the Good Day Sunshine Café, located at #100-2950 King George Boulevard in South Surrey. Refreshments will be served.
More information is available at www.facebook.com/GDSCafe or by calling 604-560-5518.