Akram Varraich – Painter/Photographer


Akram was born in 1952 on the right bank of River Chanab in the Punjab province of Pakistan. He is a self taught painter who began painting in 1993 when he spent a year living in an artists commune with painters Iqbal Rasheed, Ahmad Zoay and Shahid Mirza. The commune was located in Iqbal Rasheed’s home in Lahore where ‘they would make paintings and after a few months they’lll collect everything, sprinkle oil on it, and they would burn them / oh log paintings bananday san te fer kujh maheenay baad sab nu ikatha kar k uttay mitti da tel panday san te sarr deinday san.’

Akram uses oil and acrylic but his favored medium is watercolor. Khalid Iqbal is one of the artists he likes. Selections of Akram’s photographs have also been exhibited. He is now working on landscape with ink and reed featuring the gardens of Lahore.

Akram studied linguistics in Moscow, and he lived in Sweden and Spain before settling in Lahore, Pakistan.

Exhibitions 2008-2016
Waheed Tea Stall, Wazirabad
Hoori Noorani, Karachi
Sheema Kirmani, Karachi
Hoori Noorani, Karachi
Bahauddin Zakariya University, Multan
Chitrkar, Lahore (photographs)
Waheed Tea Stall, Wazirabad (photographs)

Contact
akramvarraich@yahoo.com
tel.03004891199
facebook.com/akram.varraich

Art by Akram Varraich
Features on the
March 2017 poster
of Surrey Muse

This particular painting was chosen
by Art director Mariam Zohra
from four paintings
taken from Akram’s Facebook page

#1

#2

#3

#4

Art Director Mariam Zohra’s response regarding her choice for #4:
‘open space
composition
color, the green is brought out by the others
it steps out
reminds of peace.’
Thank you, Akram, for letting us feature your art on Surrey Muse poster.
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Ed Kuris – Painter/Sculptor

ed-kuris-natalina-rinaldi Ed Kuris with partner Natalina Rinaldi

edward stefan kuris
Associate of the Ontario College of Art (OCAD) ‘70

PAINTER, SCULPTOR

o abstract figurative painter
o sculptures in soapstone, wood, metal
o brass and copper jewelry
o studio tours Guelph and Toronto
o many solo and juried group shows since 1969: Fergus, Elora, Toronto, Quebec, Slovak Republic, Cuba, and Japan
o paintings used in a film by Academy Award winner Brigitte Berman

POET

o published in over forty literary journals across Canada and abroad
o Ontario Arts Council grant for poetry
o published illustrations of poems
o published two chapbooks: heaven from pennies and lifeboats
o many readings in southern Ontario including: Bookshelf, York university, Mohawk College
o poetry voiceover written for a video titled Cast Aside about aesthetics of dereliction and the fate of IMICO, an abandoned malleable iron factory in Guelph built in 1912

BIO

o born in Cape Breton, N.S. 1947; lives in Guelph Ontario
o Art College Associate since 1970
o studied drawing, painting, and advertising art
o awarded scholarship at OCA (D)
o studied Fine Arts at the University of Windsor
o worked in engineering as a designer, scale model maker, draftsman, and graphic designer

Contact
edskuris@hotmail.ca
(519) 824-5568
facebook.com/ed.kuris

Art by Ed Kuris
Features on the
February 2017 poster
of Surrey Muse

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This particular painting was chosen
by Art director Mariam Zohra
from four paintings
selected by Surrey Muse volunteers
from Ed’s Facebook page

ed-kuris-1 #1

ed-kuris-2 #2

ed-kuris-3 #3

ed-kuris-4 #4

Art Director’s first choice was #2 but she let it go because of the quality of the photograph and no time to request another image.
But, we LOVE the one chosen, it’s an amazing face of a woman or the face of an amazing woman.
Thank you, Ed, for letting us feature it on Surrey Muse poster.
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