Abandoned houses; deserted city streets from the small towns in Spain, Europe and in Canada; long rolling, country roads disappearing into the distance. Each scene conveys a sense of peace and solitude, while simultaneously portraying a feeling of whimsy, a joyful stroll down a sunny lane. Hamid’s bold use of colour and strong compositional elements convey the intense beauty the artist sees in the world around him. His paintings invite the viewer on a journey to explore a world that lies far from the hustle of everyday life.
Hamid Karimi’s journey as an artist began in childhood. Born in the late ’60s in Tehran, Iran, Hamid showed an aptitude for art from an early age. Hamid spent years travelling through Europe, led by a few find friends along the way who were happy to show him areas not often glimpsed by foreigners. They visited small villages and travelled by back roads into the Mountain range. The sketches and photographs Hamid compiled on the journey kept him painting furiously once he returned to Toronto Canada. “In fact,” Hamid admits, “Europe especially Spain still finds its way into my work.”
Hamid’s travels inspire a wide range of subject matter in his work. One canvas may depict the flamenco dancers at the stage, the next landscapes and the cityscapes from Canada and Europe, each painting vibrates with artistic energy and colour, entertaining the eye and mind. Hamid currently divides his time painting and working as a Gerontologist in, Toronto Canada.