VISITING ARTIST TALK – Janso Isso, Wed 12 July, 12 Noon

Visiting artist Janso Isso will discuss his exhibition, Path to the Light, at 12 Noon on Wed 12 July. Everyone is welcome!

July 11 – 22, 2017
Opening Reception: Monday 10 July, 5:30 – 7PM
Gallery 2
Janso Isso, visiting artist

Artist Janso Isso is a Kurdish-Syrian refugee who arrived in Nova Scotia on November 7, 2016, with his wife, Himo Hussin and their young daughters, Mavie and Melly. Born in 1974 in Al-Hasakah in northern Syria, Janso fled war and made his way to Lebanon, where he and Himo registered as United Nations refugees. Janso worked throughout Lebanon and Qatar, taking on artistic assignments through commissions.  Janso is self-trained, and works in a number of painting styles, from classical and renaissance-era to modern, and in a variety of media, including sculpting, bas relief, trompe l’oeil, and beautiful and highly intricate decorative arts.  His work is highly vivid and expressive.  He has received numerous citations for his art from the ministries of culture in Syria and Lebanon.

Janso and his family have been sponsored by Crichton Park Friends of Refugees in Dartmouth. That group is supporting the family financially for their first year in Canada, and is helping them with the practicalities of life – from registering the girls in school, arranging medical care, to enrolling the parents in English classes. Janso has been painting non-stop since he arrived in Nova Scotia.  His work can be seen at     

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