July 09, 2018


Afghan-Canadian Artist Hangama Amiri to Present New Series of Paintings
Amiri's solo show, “Ocean's Edge”, opens July 21 at Laurie Swim Gallery


LUNENBURG, NOVA SCOTIA -- The Laurie Swim Gallery in Lunenburg, Nova Scotia is pleased to announce that award-winning painter, Hangama Amiri, will be exhibiting her new series, Ocean’s Edge. The show will open on July 21 and runs until October 13.


Hangama Amiri has returned to Lunenburg to create a new project that explores the natural landscape of the South Shore region of Nova Scotia. Each piece contains elements that focus on the vegetation, the land, familiar objects, and the impact of the ocean, whether seen or not seen. The echoes of the surrounding water are present in every work and each is titled according to experiences and conversations the artist has had with local residents.


Each panel examines the psychic and nostalgic spaces caught in a moment of complete serenity and unity. In this series, the paintings are intensely coloured and vivid in their imagery. Within each work, I portray imaginary scenes that are depicted in a more subtle, quiet, and nuanced manner, as they build a space of reflection inside the loudness of their surroundings. My everyday communication with the community is also incorporated into the scenes and inspires the titles in various ways.


Hangama Amiri received her BFA (Major in Fine Arts) from NSCAD University in Halifax NS (2012) and was a Canadian Fulbright and Post-Graduate Fellow at Yale University School of Art and Sciences in New Haven, Connecticut (2015-2016).​ ​This fall she will be attending Yale School of Art to complete her MFA program in Painting/Printmaking in New Haven, CT​​. She is the recipient of numerous honours including the 2013 Portia White Protégé Award and an Honourable Mention at the 2015 RBC Canadian Painting Competition.


This year she has been selected by the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia as the inaugural recipient of the Elizabeth Connor Endowment which is awarded to a current or recent NSCAD graduate who fits the criteria of an artist who is innovative, forward-thinking, and inclusive. The curatorial team will be selecting works that will be in the permanent collection of the AGNS.


We invite the public to attend a reception on Saturday, July 21, 2018. The gallery will be open at 11 AM and the artist will be present from 2-5 PM. Refreshments will be served and all are welcome




About Laurie Swim Gallery: Laurie Swim Gallery is a fine art gallery established in 2005 in Lunenburg, NS. Laurie specializes in quilt and textile art and received the prestigious Portia White Prize in 2013. She has produced numerous works of community-based art and her personal art focuses on life in her community. She has also published three books on the art of quilting and a children’s story of historical fiction titled, Hope and Survival: A Story of the Halifax Explosion.


For further information, interviews, and publication-quality photographs, please contact Larry Goldstein, gallery director, at 902-553-0333 or swim@ican.net




Poster for Ocean's Edge Hangama Amiri Laurie Swim Gallery

AVEDON (maquette), 2013

SOLO (maquette), 2013 

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