Jabbar Al Janabi is an award-winning visual artist and performing art creator, director
and mentor. His work has been recognized by his peers, the City of Vancouver, the
British Columbia Arts Council and the Canada Council for the Arts where he initiated a
new art practice using multi-disciplinary and multi-cultural forms of art entitled ANU.
ANU has involved an assembly of over 150 performers covering a span of 10 years.
Jabbar Al Janabi has received recognition as an art student in Baghdad. He was
honoured by exhibiting with his instructors in National exhibitions between the years of
1984 through 1993.
1986 Diploma in Fine Arts, Baghdad Institute of Fine Arts;
2009 100 hours 3D Animation studies, Vancouver Institute of Art;
Jabbar Al Janabi received classical training in painting, which is evident in his use of
colour and line, and the balance of his compositions. However, he decided to abandon
the realistic style of the classical and move to more mythological themes using symbols
from Mesopotamia and Eastern arts. In his recent work, Al Janabi uses symbols in
combination with contemporary stylization and abstraction to create a more modern
style. He uses a variety of mediums including oils, acrylics and mixed media. His paintings can be found in private collections in London (UK), Sweden, Germany, the United Emirates, France, the USA and Canada.
• April 2010 Live painting fund raiser for The Women in Cancer Crusade organized by Paradigm Events Inc., Toronto; (my painting sold for $5,000 at auction);
• 2009 Artist/Curator, Asian Heritage Month, Annual Exhibition at the Roundhouse, Vancouver; showcasing ten artists from the Ismaili community as well as the Middle East supported by the Aga Khan Foundation;
• 2009 Pygmalion and Galatea, solo show at Yaletown Gallery, Vancouver; based on piece by Jean-Léon Gérôme with the same title;
• 2008 Phantazma, solo show at Yaletown Gallery, Vancouver; presenting new techniques including sun-baked surfaces resulting in ‘lava-like’ effects;
• 2007 Group Show at Simon Fraser University; and auction supporting Simon Fraser University Centre for Asian Studies and gallery. The show included renowned sculptor Parvis Tanavoli;
•2007 – 2009 Director, Curator and Co-founder, Yaletown Gallery, Vancouver;
• 2006 Sentry, Seeker, Sage: Group exhibition at Maltwood Art Museum, University of Victoria, Vancouver; curated by Dr. Astri Wright, included a group of artists all coming from Islamic countries;
• 2005 Asian Heritage month group show at the Roundhouse Art Centre;
• 2004 Group show at the University of Victoria including written presentation about the sub-vanishing point in Islamic architecture;
• 2003 Focusing on ANU and presenting a new way of depicting visual art in life using a new medium and painting live on stage
• 2001 - 1999 Ishtar Art Gallery, partner and curator, Vancouver;
• 1998 Organization of exhibition of nine artists from Mesopotamia including creating and participating in the show; Royal Cultural Centre Amman – Jordan;
• 1998-1995 Jarish International Festival for Arts; exhibiting art and choreographing show as director of Jarisia Project whose aim is to discover emerging artists;
• 1994 Political newspaper, Almustaqbal, responsible for design, publishing and political cartoons;
• 1993 Portrait artist;
•1983-1984 Visual artist in Iraq; showing regularly in national exhibitions, teacher at Baghdad Institute of Fine Arts and Curator for the Museum of Baghdad;