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Yared Nigussu, West Broadway

Yared Nigussu, West Broadway (2012), oil on canvas [Kurbatoff Gallery, Vancouver BC, May 9-23]

Yared Nigussu

Kurbatoff Gallery
Vancouver BC – May 9-23, 2013

Yared Nigussu, Yaletown

Yared Nigussu, Yaletown (2013), oil on canvas [Kurbatoff Gallery, Vancouver BC, May 9-23]

Yared Nigussu, known as “Yared N”, is an Ethiopian-born portrait artist now based in Vancouver. Yared N began showing his work in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia in 2005 after graduating from the Addis Ababa University School of Fine Arts and Design. He had numerous exhibitions in France from 2006 to 2009. More recently he has done artist residencies in Vienna and Millstättersee, Austria and at Raw Canvas Art+Social, Vancouver, where his paintings were shown in 2010 and 2011.

During travels in Canada, France and Austria, Yared N was impressed by the density and complexity of contemporary urban buildings. Many of his street scenes have exaggerated linear perspective with infinite vanishing points to dramatize the architecture and emphasize fast movement through space. The paint appears to be applied with palette knives or square-tipped brush strokes, resulting in textures that are blocky, linear and cut by thin vertical and horizontal lines. The effect is one of speed and shattered vision. Several paintings in the Kurbatoff exhibit depict familiar settings around Vancouver, from Yaletown and West Broadway to Davie Street.

Yared N has also become known for performance art pieces and his participation in art battles. He uses music to set the pace and tone of the works, which often feature large-scale faces. The Kurbatoff exhibit features a number of his dynamic portraits.

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Mia Johnson

Yared Nigussu, Morning Light in the City

Yared Nigussu, Morning Light in the City (2013), oil on canvas [Kurbatoff Gallery, Vancouver BC, May 9-23]

Yared Nigussu, Buffalo #4

Yared Nigussu, Buffalo #4 (2013), oil on canvas [Kurbatoff Gallery, Vancouver BC, May 9-23]


 Thu, Apr 4, 2013