Thursday, December 23, 2010

Artist Interview: Noura Masri

What is your name: Noura Masri

Do you have a formal art education or are you a self taught artist: I am a self taught artist

What is the style of your pieces: The style of my work is labeled as Expressionsit or abstract expressionst, sometimes a little surreal or magical realist.. really depends on the piece of work.. but i personally don't like to label art

What is the medium in which you work: Acrylics on canvas, on primed board and sometimes on acrylics acid-free paper.. wood on rare occasions

What started you on your path as an artist: my passion for colors n nature as a kid and glittery colors always got my attention and bright stuff and shapes and..just colors..! i sarted drawing at a very young age like 3 or 4 and had my first group show at 13 years

What is one of the most important things that art has brought to your life: interesting people, thoughts and ideas. But most importantly timelesness.. that feeling of losing and finding yourself in 'no-time' , you lose track of time and free your mind and everything else and feel free.. you lose and find yourself at the same time.. if only we can attain this state permenantly..

What is your favorite genre of art besides the one you work in: i like graffiti art and basicaly anything that touches the heart and catches the eye - anything out of the box and real creative and wierd regardless of the genre!

Do you have art showings, and if so what are they typically like: I usually have art showings in Dubai, around the area - and Europe -  it's quite cool and real fun especially meeting different types of people from everywhere with different views, opinions and mentalities. it's quite interesting.

Do you have a certain set of clothes you make art in: Yes! i wear my dad's shirt with old jeans, its quite big, loose and comfy

What has been the most frustrating part of being an artist? not having a lot of people understand you or what you go thru 'mentally' at that different higher level.. we are just 'different' as artists and it tends to get very frustrating when people don't understand you because they have a different mind and are not at that same level.. it's like they think u are speaking a different language when in reality you are only transalting in another - it is simply a higher level somehow of transforming or translating the information.

What is your favorite sandwich of all time: smoked salmon sandwich

Has this year brought about any changes in your work, and if so what are they: Yes it has a lil, in terms of the actual content or style because that is from within, but  it's been great it has brought changes in my work in terms of opening up and broadning other aspects and dimensions of developing my art and has opened opportunities in trying out different things with what I do.. (Again - I will update you on that later :) )

Who is your favorite artist alive or dead: Picasso, Dali, Chagall, Van Gogh, Klimt Gustav, Monet, and the great surrealist Renee Magritte and from the contemporary artists who are alive i really like Sacha Jaafri's work and the sculptor Lorenzo Quinn - great work!

What is the most moving piece of artwork that you have seen in person: a beautiful sculpture by Lorenzo Quinn

Do you have any animals, and what do they think of your work:  I dont have any animals, I had a cat in the past.. and i think they appreciate my work more than some peple who dont understand it..

Do you have any upcoming exhibitions you would like to share with us: Yes, a group show in NYC on the 8th of Jan.2011 at Icosahedron Gallery, NY and another group show upcoming few months later in spring. Maybe a solo show later next year. You can normally find my updates on my website and via twitter.       

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