SAMIR SAMMOUN

Samir Sammoun was born in 1952 in a quaint Lebanese village perched atop the Chouf Mountain, 40 km south of Beirut. To this day, the artist vividly recalls the colourful ...Read more...

Mediterranean landscape of his childhood. At age 21, Samir immigrated to Canada where he obtained degrees in electronic engineering and telecommunications. Since graduation, he has pursued his professional career as well as his passion, painting.

Chris Klimantiris, who began representing Sammoun in 1996, provides an eloquent reaction to the artists work. He boasts, "The first time that I saw Samirs paintings, I was fascinated by his refined technique. I felt like a time traveler, transported to turn-of-the-century Paris and the Impressionists."

Sammoun's originality and unique style have caught the attention of viewers, collectors, and art lovers in Canada and the United States. When he first showed his work at ArtExpo in New York in 1996, the reaction was immediate and positive. Robert L. Mooney, Director of the Galleries J.R. Mooney, San Antonio, Texas wrote the following: "The fresh colorful impressionistic renditions presented in his artwork have been received with unprecedented enthusiasm… Samir is a fresh and exciting talent depicting the landscapes he sees in rich colours with his own wonderfully unique impressionistic style."

Sammoun has a unique post-impressionist style and technique. When he begins painting, he carefully prepares his canvas with burnt sienna, which he applies with a pig-bristle brush then wipes with a rag to remove excess; his goal of this is allowing the grain of the canvas to show. This technique creates the illusion of light emanating from inside the painting. He then heavily layers the paint, giving a natural texture to the canvas; he paints in successive voluntary strokes, which generates a certain relief and variation in the shades.  

Sammoun’s art should be viewed from a distance of a few feet. At first glance, his paintings seem blurred; only when the viewer is at the right distance does the depth of the relief and scene appear in three dimensions. Sammoun rarely, if ever, uses classical perspective. His initial sketch resembles a few blotches that outline shadows and basic reference points in the scene which is already vividly depicted in his mind. The work is then carried out in the ‘automatist’ style, relying on the number of strokes previously applied. The final result is only apparent at the end once the layers of light are placed appropriately according to the generated texture.

SAMIR SAMMOUN
At the Sea
Oil on Canvas
36x36 inches
SAMIR SAMMOUN
At the Beach Under the Umbrella
Oil on Canvas
20 x 16 inches
SAMIR SAMMOUN
Farm House, Olive Trees & Poppies
Oil on Canvas
30 x 30 inches
SAMIR SAMMOUN
Field of Poppies
Oil on Canvas
20 x 20 inches
SAMIR SAMMOUN
Lupins Ballet lll
Oil on Canvas
24 x 30 inches
SAMIR SAMMOUN
Mustard Field
Oil on Canvas
16 x 16 inches
SAMIR SAMMOUN
Olive Grove and Poppies
Watercolor Pastel on Paper
19x13 inches
SAMIR SAMMOUN
Olive Grove and Poppies
Oil on Canvas
30 x 40 inches
SAMIR SAMMOUN
Poppy Field, Provence
Watercolor Pastel on Paper
13x9.5 inches
SAMIR SAMMOUN
Sun & Lavender Mosaic
Oil on Canvas
48 x 48 inches
SAMIR SAMMOUN
Sunrise on the Beach
Oil on Canvas
40x40 inches
SAMIR SAMMOUN
The Beach
Watercolor Pastel on Paper
13x9.5 inches
SAMIR SAMMOUN
View of Mount Royal
Oil on Canvas
30 x 30 inches
SAMIR SAMMOUN
Wheat Field
Watercolor Pastel on Paper
19x13 inches
SAMIR SAMMOUN
Wheat Field and Olive Grove
Watercolor Pastel on Paper
13x9.5 inches
SAMIR SAMMOUN
Willow
Watercolor Pastel on Paper
13x9.5 inches
SAMIR SAMMOUN
Young Olive Trees & Poppies
Oil on Canvas
30 x 36 inches
SAMIR SAMMOUN
Young Olive Trees and Poppies
Oil on Canvas
40x40 inches
SAMIR SAMMOUN
Young Olives and Poppies
Watercolor Pastel on Paper
19x13 inches