Our Founding Member series continues with Fahima Fattah
Born in Baghdad, Fahima graduated from the University of Baghdad, got married and have two girls and a boy. The family immigrated to Canada in 1996. Fahima is now a proud grandmother, with the little ones visiting her at ARTE frequently.
Since childhood, her school teachers and family members started noticing her talent in painting. With growing confidence, Fahima started paying more attention to developing her skills, attending numerous art courses and workshops. She has had numerous exhibitions in galleries in Canada and UAE.
Fahima was taught by one of the Iraqi artist pioneers, Nazeeha Salim, who encouraged her to take her talent further. “I was mainly inspired by the surrounding environment in Iraq (Tribe women, villagers, palm trees etc.)”.
“I have painted all my life, and took it further by studying it seriously in the past ten years. My art is a mix of self-taught and art education.”
Fahima’s paintings are a colourful mixture of modern designs, abstract figurative work and also incorporates her traditional heritage. She uses her imagination and rely on her senses to create these artworks. “Sometimes I depict my characters faceless or with vague features because I believe that everyone is a closed book and there is a hidden side in each person which can not been seen by others until exposed”, leaving its interpretation to the viewer. Fahima prefers to paint with acrylic paints, as with its fast drying process changes can be made very easily.
With a hint of feminism, Fahima believes women, as “half the community” should be represented in every part of life. Women in Iraq have come far to fight for equality and Fahima view them as the backbone for every Iraqi family, “that’s why in many instances I paint them as tall as a palm tree to indicate their glory and generosity”.
A member of ARTE since 2006, Fahima has had great success at the markets and made a lot of contacts with art lovers. She appreciates ARTE’s platform to exhibited he work and give her the exposure to a vast number of people, and especially appreciates the opportunity to receive feedback from customers. This in turn inspires Fahima to create more work, get more ideas and express her thoughts in different ways. “My main advice to new aspiring artists is to always express one’s self, and keep in mind every person has his own taste in art and always be positive and always seek improvement”.
You can find Fahima at the ARTE – The Makers’ Market in Times Square Center regularly.