Every artist has his or her own unique way of painting and for our artist of the month, Anas Homsi it is all about spontaneity. He paints freely, leaving behind works of art that captivate, fascinate and inspire audiences from within. The artist’s striking, colourful canvases burst with energy, with frantic, gestural brush strokes that allow him to convey an array of emotions. Homsi describes his creative process as ‘spontaneous’ and ‘sort of a relief.’ He tries to get back into a state of childhood, allowing his imagination to take over to achieve his own unique style of artwork.
From looking at the piece Facial Remains, you can get a real sense of Anas Homsi‘s style of art and how he cleverly uses colour, texture and depth to convey emotion and atmosphere to his audience. Whereas many artists draw inspiration from their surroundings, Homsi’s paintings communicate little sense of specific place or time. Instead he tries to capture the atmosphere of a particular memory, rather than the moment itself. From studying Homsi’s artwork, you can easily see the energy and emotion that has gone into every gestural brush stroke. Whilst every painting represents a different emotion or atmosphere, the use of vibrant colours is prominent throughout. It is the use of these warm, luminous colours and impressive hues that draws in the audience and gives them an insight into his soul.
One of the most beautiful aspects of Anas Homsi‘s paintings is that they are left to your own interpretation. Whilst giving you a window into his imagination at a time, Homsi leaves it up to the audience to engage with the paintings and draw their own thoughts and feelings from them. Homsi is also noted for his representation of people in his work. It is these roughly sketched human shapes that help to characterise his paintings and bring them to life. However Homsi says that he rarely features specific people in his paintings. ‘Each time is different, each painting from a different daydream.’ What you will notice from looking closely at the seemingly human sketches is that he has not represented humans in the conventional sense. Some have large heads and no bodies. Others have a head, body and arms but no legs. Homsi paints freely, allowing his mind to make spontaneous decisions that depict the form of his subjects and how they are represented.
Anas Homsi uses a process of layering to build up his paintings and give them depth. Just as the imagination and memory has many layers, so does his work. Whilst Homsi will often start with sketches, he will never completely transform a sketch into a painting. Instead he will build on the complexity of the pen sketches, adding more layers to give the painting an artistic value true to his imagination and memory.