Asil Rashid

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Hello, my name is Asil Rashid. I am a Sudanese-Canadian and I live in Montreal with my 7 year-old daughter and I work as an environmental consultant in the maritime industry. I started my art journey in my mid-30s a few years ago when I was living in Egypt and going through post-partum depression after giving birth to my daughter. And that was it! I was hooked. I am mostly self-taught so I feel my style is constantly evolving. Being a single mom with a full time job I don’t get to paint as often as I like. My painting time is sacred and often happens in the evenings after the little one is sleeping soundly and on the weekends.

ARTIST’S STATEMENT

I am a Montreal-based artist who paints mostly landscapes and florals, with acrylics, watercolors, and occasionally water mixable oils. However, my preferred medium is acrylics. I try to be as true to my vision while maintaining a state of flow, which I usually achieve with large loose brushstrokes. Having worked as an environmental consultant for most of my career I have developed a deep love for natural world which I try to capture in my art with techniques like palette knife painting and dynamic brushstrokes to portray movement and texture. My process usually goes something like this: I start with an idea, a general image that I want to capture and the painting just takes on a life of its own and ends up being something else. After doing some research which mostly involves staring at my blank canvas for a few days trying to figure out the composition that I want, I then tone the canvas and start painting. I try to keep my brushstrokes as loose and dynamic as possible, which often results in layers of paint and lots of texture.

$750.00 CAD

Water mixable oils on canvas panel.

28x22"

An ode to the Wild West vistas depicted in contemporary shows such as "Yellowstone" and "The English". The mountains were done by a heavy application of oil using a palette knife. The texture is such that they almost jut out of the canvas making them the focal point. The bison were added as a background element and to portray a sense of nostalgia.

Asil Rashid

$450.00 CAD

Acrylic and soft pastels on stretched canvas.

20x24"

This painting done with an emphasis on warmer hues of reds, yellow and orange against a dark jungle-y background will brighten up any space. The oversized, almost surreal tropical flowers were created using smoother brushstrokes are juxtaposed against a background of interlocking leaves that were painted with a more dynamic brushstroke technique. The dragonfly provides another focal point for the painting and evokes an almost calming effect when contrasted with the burst of color from the flowers.

The sides of canvas are painted using the same color palette as the painting. The artwork is signed on the front and dated on the back. It is varnished and will arrive ready to hang.

Asil Rashid

$450.00 CAD

Acrylic on stretched canvas.

20x16"

This painting is an amalgamation of different images. The dark and moody background and the jug are contrasted with the brightness of the fruit. Smooth static brushstrokes were used with highlights and shadows to indicate the reflection of the fruit on the jug and table. This will make a nice addition to a kitchen or dining area.

The sides of canvas are painted using the same color palette as the painting. The artwork is signed on the front and dated on the back. It is varnished and will arrive ready to hang.

Asil Rashid

$400.00 CAD

Acrylic on stretched canvas.

20x16"

Stemming from my fascination with the southwestern desert in the US, this painting is my homage to that alien, other worldly beauty of that landscape. In order to achieve the texture of the sky I used a finger painting technique to recreate a sky that is streaked with sunset hues.

The sides of canvas are painted using the same color palette as the painting. The artwork is signed on the front and dated on the back. It is varnished and will arrive ready to hang.

Asil Rashid

$500.00 CAD

Water-mixable oil on stretched canvas.

20x16"

Loosely based on a photograph by one of my favorite National Geographic photographers, Stephen Wilkes, this painting was done using Winsor and Newton water-mixable oil paints. I love stormy skies and in another life I might have been a storm chaser. The focal point is the overwhelming and almost cavernous, cloud-filled sky. This is juxtaposed with the horse, intentionally painted in a much smaller scale to give the sense of distance and being swallowed up by the sky. The image is almost peaceful for all its ominous undertones.

The sides of canvas are painted using the same color palette as the painting. The artwork is signed on the front and dated on the back. It is varnished and will arrive ready to hang.

Asil Rashid

$450.00 CAD

Acrylic on stretched canvas.

24x18"

Cornwall has always been on my bucket list of places to visit. I saw an image of these mines a few years ago and I just fell in love. I used a variety of palette knife and quick, dynamic brush stroke techniques to depict the waves crashing on the cliffs and to capture the mines in their lonely, ruined state. This painting is for anyone who loves the wild Cornish coastline.

The sides of canvas are painted using the same color palette as the painting. The artwork is signed on the front and dated on the back. It is varnished and will arrive ready to hang.

Asil Rashid

$1,000.00 CAD

Acrylic on stretched canvas.

35.40x35.40"

This floral piece was created during the winter of 2021 when the world went into yet another lockdown. The explosion of pinks, blues, violets and greens was my ode to the upcoming spring, my expression of hope and joy during a dark time of fear and uncertainty. Swirling brushstrokes for the petals of the three focal flowers were used to indicate a sense of petals moving in and out of each other. The same dynamic brushstrokes were applied to the foliage which are positioned randomly to show a feeling of being swayed by the flowers as well as providing an anchor for them. The use of a variety of colors itself was a strategic choice to keep the viewer's eyes moving from one element to another (lilacs done using a finger painting technique; cosmos flowers done using palette knife and filler flowers using a filbert brush to indicate volume and depth.

The sides of canvas are painted using the same color palette as the painting. The artwork is signed on the front and dated on the back. It is varnished and will arrive ready to hang.

Asil Rashid

$1,500.00 CAD

Acrylic on stretched canvas.

44x37x2"

"Rolling" is a beautiful seascape painting created with layers of acrylic paint and gesso to achieve texture. The sky and clouds were achieved with dynamic brushstrokes, the rocks were done with heavy paint applied with a palette knife. The focal point of the painting is the rolling wave in the middle which was achieved by applying paint with a palette knife in a gentle rolling motion and then applying shadows and highlights with a brush to key areas.

The sides of canvas are painted using the same color palette as the painting. The artwork is signed on the front and dated on the back. It is varnished and will arrive ready to hang.

Asil Rashid