Hussein Rostum’s exhibition is a joyous celebration of colour. His unique creations range from exuberant explorations that excite the imagination to profound pieces that calm the soul. His paintings use vivid, compelling colour combinations to tell evocative stories. This July, Hussein’s show will brighten the O’Connor Group Art Gallery walls.
“My goal as an artist is to create aesthetic expressions of colour on canvas that appeal, engage, and inspire. I hope my paintings can encourage people to make art and beauty an ongoing presence in their own lives, as it is in mine.”
Hussein was fortunate to have grown up in an art-loving family. His father was a well-known architect and artist, schooled at the École des Beaux-Arts in Paris. Hussein and his siblings spent many happy childhood hours refining their artistic talents as they studied under their father’s careful tutelage. Indeed, practicing techniques in dad’s studio was a favourite pastime for the whole family.
As a proud Chilliwack resident with an international background, Hussein draws artistic inspiration partly from our beautiful surroundings, and partly from his travels. After growing up in Egypt, Hussein moved to Ottawa and established several successful businesses. These allowed him to travel extensively, developing an admiration for the many unique styles of art around the world.
His recent paintings explore impressionistic abstract motifs while retaining a grounding sense of balance and structure. His exhibition this summer at the O’Connor Group Art Gallery conjures the freedom and joy of his continuing journey in art.
Reception: Saturday, July 9, 2022, 1:00pm to 3:00 pm