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Paint! Portraits with Yared Nigussu

Sat, May 20, 10:30 AM - 12:30 PM

Join us for a morning of portrait painting with an Art Battle Vancouver winner!

Yared Nigussu will discuss how to accurately find the right proportions, size, composition and tonal values of the human face. From a blank canvas you will see the portrait progress step by step, using a contemporary realism technique. Yared is an award winning Art Battle participant, and he will show you how to paint a portrait without frustration or hesitation.

Yared will demonstrate how he always starts a portrait from a drawing. He will cover step-by-step how to accurately find the proportion, size, tonal value, composition and proportion of human face in acrylics.

For a sneak peak into Yared's painting process, view our Opus Video Art Battle: Yared Nigussu - Artist & Champion

Space is limited and registration is required.
Please visit Opus Langley or contact them at 604‑533‑0601 to register.

Yared Nigussu Aka Yared N. grew up in Addis Ababa Ethiopia, and he graduated in 2005 from the Addis Ababa University of Fine Arts and Design. He earned a degree in Art and Education, with a major in painting. Awarded a scholarship to France where he studied art and studied French, Yared’s career was established when he began exhibiting his work in France and Austria.

Early in his artistic life, Yared N. was deeply influenced by the life and works of Italian painter, Amedeo Modigliani, who wrote, “when I know your soul, I will paint your eyes.” Today, almost 100 years after Modigliani’s death, the young, 34-year-old Yared garners much of his inspiration from faces. Yared states that, “eyes can hide a lot of stories and that is an infinite source of inspiration for me.”

Inspired by the beauty of human shapes and colours and focused on the human gaze, Yared is a keen observer and fascinated by the stories behind the faces. His most symbolic portrait is that of an old friend, a former child soldier that Yared N. created an homage after the friend’s tearful confession. The painting depicts the deep sadness and desperate look of a child whose childhood had been stolen. Painting is Yared’s natural language. Intuitive and powerful, his brush strokes communicate a symbolic vocabulary that visually translates a depth of emotion. Known for his painterly large-scale portraits and urban landscapes, Yared’s work has a palpable energy that is optimistic and thoughtful, much like Yared himself.

Fusing undisguised brushstrokes with mixed media, rendered in a bright, opulent palette, Yared N's paintings are provocative and convey a narrative much deeper than the mere appearance of the subject. Paint drippings and densely laden dashes of vivid colour, juxtaposed with contrasting imagery and hues, create a deeply sensorial experience for the viewer. Captivated by the layers in his portraits, one can almost hear the soft breath of the subject.

After moving to Canada in 2009, Yared was inspired by the energy, light and urban perspective in his new home of Vancouver. He has won Canada’s National Art Battle live competition for three years in a row in Toronto and Vancouver in 2012, 2013 and 2014. He is also the recipient of the 2015 Sage Award of Social Acceptance and Great Excellence and the 2015 Bikila Professional Excellence Award.


Paint! Portraits
Paint! Portraits
Paint! Portraits