Kayan Hamadeh is a self taught artist who was born and raised in Vancouver, BC. She specializes in women's portraits and figurative work, expressed through oil paintings and graphite illustrations. Growing up with an artist as a father, Kayan was learning how to paint, draw, sculpt and express herself through any and every artistic medium since the earliest days she can remember. Her art is deeply influenced by her middle eastern background and her upbringing in a predominately female household, and she shows this through the prevailing themes of feminine and cultural identity. The representation of what femininity and diversity means to her is brought to life through the portrayal of strength, confidence and soft vulnerability, influenced by various female figures who inspire her in her day to day life.
An important part of her artistic process is understanding and examining the relationship between various emotional states; these tender emotions are delicately layered and softened through the smooth strokes of a paint brush, and gently highlighted with the sparkling hope of gold and copper leaf.
Kayan hopes to tell a story through fine arts that identifies with the viewer, by being able to relate their own personal experiences to the stories interpreted on canvas whilst finding themselves within the emotions that are portrayed in every piece she creates.
2017- Fortune Sound Club, « Pancakes and Booze Art Show », Vancouver, Canada.
2018- Fortune Sound Club, « Pancakes and Booze Art Show », Vancouver, Canada.
2018- Studio 580, « Eastside Culture Crawl », Vancouver, Canada.
2019-Pacific Arts Market, Vancouver, Canada.
2019-The Timms centre for the Arts, « Faces », Langley, Canada.
Nahla, Leilani, Aurora, Kalima and Widny canvas prints, « Kayan Shisha Cafe ». Burnaby, Canada. Acquired 2018.
Publications and Media
« The Arts Show ». Radio interview. CJSF FM. November 2018.