The Power of Hope
At first glance, the artwork of Hashim Hannoon seems simplistic and childlike. There are bright colours and exaggerated shapes, a blurred quality to the lines and a sense of shifting dynamism which draws you in. Then, the emotional content comes to life and the depth of meaning overtakes you. So, leave the simplicity behind and what you will find is an abstract expressionist who paints realism. The art of Hashim captures a balance between form and colour, while bringing to life his unique perspective influenced by the hardship of war. In his work you will find the painful memories of wartime brought into the light and given the power to bring hope. Vitality, light and colour bubbling up to radiate optimism. At the same time, there is emotional realism showing that hope is only necessary because of hardship. "The several wars in my country made me escape from reality and go back to my childhood memories," explains Hashim, "as these would help me in portraying a bright future full with hope." It was, in fact, his parents who first encouraged him to pursue the visual arts. They saw that he was able to express himself so well through creative
left, Berth, acrylic on canvas, 30" x 30" above, Sunny Weekend, acrylic on canvas, 30" x 30"