Kareem Risan Mansour, Remnants of Writing and Drawing, mixed media, 122 x 122 cm, $4800
1. Tell us about the artwork you have in the VAM 2011 Juried Show.
My art work is a memory from the war time back when I was in my home country of Iraq. The work shows walls of my city, Baghdad, during the war.
2. How and when did you first become interested in creating art?
I became interested in art in Grade 7, when I started to read children’s magazines and to draw cartoon characters. After a few years, I decided to be an artist myself.
3. What do you think of the art scene in Mississauga? Where do you see it heading in the next ten years?
Before this exhibition I didn’t have a good idea about art in Mississauga. I hope the next year will be more open about modern art.
4. What advice would you give young people who want to become artists?
Patience is very important for the acquisition of skills. Also, knowledge about art should complement the personality of the artist.
5. What do you have lined up after the VAM Juried Show? For people interested in finding more of your artwork, do you have a website, blog, Twitter account or gallery?
You can view my website: www.kareemrisan.com.
See Kareen Risan Mansour’s Remnants of Writing and Drawing at the Art Gallery of Mississauga in the VAM 33rd Annual Juried Show until February 26th.
Voting for People’s Choice Award ongoing until February 26th. Ballots available at Gallery reception.