Goran Hamsic was born in Yougoslavia in 1973. He spent his early days in Sarajevo, his native town. When he arrived in Québec in 1995, he started studying graphic design at the Bishop University in Lenoxville. He was rapidly recognised for his talent and decided to start showing his personal creations to his friends and family, getting criticism from everywhere. One person told him he probably would not be able to work using paint and brushes. That is all that was needed to awaken his dormant creative energy, and for him to start painting.
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Having lived the horrors of war in Bosnia in 1992, a large part of his work rests on memories and feelings from what he experienced back then. Goran remembers very well the massacres that happened during this war. The images of his compatriots being killed at the marketplace have left a lasting trace on his memories and will forever haunt him. The way for him to live with it is to express his feelings and memories through art. Like open wounds, we can see in some of his work the brutality and violence that has shaken him. The use of dark colour shades and violent reds are added to the presence of mute human figures from which emanate darkness. His paintings sometimes seem like they weep. The artist wants his canvas to be soaked in the oil of the paint he uses. To achieve this, he does not use brushes, but homemade tools that give his artwork a unique signature. With this technique, the liquid penetrates the canvas, giving a symbiotic effect. Goran’s work is in a constant evolution.
“Artistic research is what I always work on first, because I do not want to repeat myself. I am never satisfied, so I always work on something different. Each piece is unique.”
With time, we can see the pieces starting to lose their brutality to gain in subtlety.
Since his beginnings, his work has been well received in Montreal. One of his first exhibits was sold out after only a few days, and all the pieces had been sold. Since then, Goran has gained reputation as one of the most respected artists in Montreal and the province of Québec in general. Martin Bündock, senior consultant for Art integration at the Cirque du Soleil is a huge fan of Goran’s work. His art is actually part of the prestigious Cirque du Soleil’s collection.
Goran Hamsic, a name worth remembering...