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Item Name: Painting
Title: By Ron's door
Maker: Jamelie Hassan
Year: 1998
Country: Canadian
Materials: watercolour on paper
Measurements: in frame: 24 1/2 in x 18 1/3 in; work: 45.8 cm x 61 cm
ID Number: PC2017.10
Legal Status: PERMANENT COLLECTION


Extended Label Info: The title of this lush watercolour painting by Jamelie Hassan suggests that she was inspired by a location, and while she incorporates many ideas from her travels into her work, the primary focus of Hassan’s art practice is cultural identity. She often references her own family history as a Muslim in Canada, and addresses social marginalization, political oppression and civil rights. To create her larger works of sculpture and gallery installation Hassan has used a large variety of materials and mediums to convey her ideas, including ceramics, video, bookworks, neon text, photographs and watercolour. Her art frequently intertwines with activism, and addresses worldwide concerns about cultural interactions, the subjection of women, colonialism, racism and political conflict. Jamelie Hassan (1948 - ) The daughter of Lebanese immigrants, Jamelie Hassan was born in London, Ontario. Hassan study at the Academy of Fine Arts (1967) in Rome, and at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts in Beirut (1968). Returning to Canada, she continued her studies at the University of Windsor (1969). Hassan credits her travels in Central and South America during 1976 to 1977 with awakening her to post-colonial cultural studies. In 1978, she studied Arabic at the University of Mustansyria in Baghdad. Though often working internationally, Hassan maintains her studio in Canada. In 1983 she co-founded the London artist cooperative, Embassy Cultural House, and in 2001, she received the Governor General's Award in Visual Arts. Hassan’s work has been exhibited internationally and is held in numerous public and private collections.