Upon arriving in Los Angeles in 1981, life had been a series of interesting opportunities, and so, leaving for Europe to model and explore a different culture seemed like a great idea. Armed with a full gamut of what to do and what not to do, modeling assignments became mindless and funding scarce. Upon returning to the States, and not knowing what the next move might be, one day, while in an apartment with the flu, I read of a receptionist position at a small Beverly Hills talent agency. There I landed my first, entertainment job and have been in the industry from that moment until present.
Seven years ago, I had an accident which caused a complete renovation of my life. After a series of life circumstances that forced me out of the corporate world, and without any tools on being an entrepreneur; I struck out on my own taking on independent PR, and talent management assignments. In 2013, I suddenly felt compelled to begin painting. Eventually with the encouragement of a few friends who had a background in the art field, I continued painting, although I had thrown my first homemade art into the trash.
My work has been shown at Swarthy’s in Pasadena, California, Art Studio Los Angeles and seen by Carla Goldberg of Bau Gallery, NY and investment level art dealer, Joyce Wetzel.
I am appreciative of the support of friends and family, and have since developed into an independent photojournalist, painter, and entertainment personality.www.expressinabstract.net
I am greatly influenced by the works of Madame Marie Laveau, Lee Krasner, Jackson Pollack, Jean Michel Basquiat, Yayoi Kusama, and a few others. Most paintings that I work on are based on the optical characteristics of brilliant colors, energetic and expressive brushstrokes that deliberately emphasize the sweep of my arm and movement of my hand.
Curator, Carla Goldberg of the Bau Gallery and Skylight Gallery in New York, describes Munir as a “Visual Intuitive or Intuit Abstract Artist, who uses her art as a spiritual connection that allows her to lead the way as images form through the layers of paint.” Intuitive art is the process of creating art using an inner awareness that is heart-centered and does not rely on analysis or head-based questions.
“When I see, touch, or feel canvas, wood, brick, or even flat paper, it feels as though there is an imprint of a living breathing entity in each medium. When I close my eyes, there appears to be a plethora of color, patterns, and designs that come into focus and become clearer, as I am moving my hands simultaneously. I am perpetually surrounded by images that just seem to appear out of nowhere.
The unique properties of this type of gestural painting are also known as “gesturalism.” In other words, the brushwork allows Munir to express her emotions and personality just like a person’s gestures reflect their feelings in everyday life, which accentuates the physical act of painting, drawing attention to the process of creating. I am always inspired by what others see, feel, or experience upon viewing my work.
Osiris Munir, Artist in Residence
Art collector, Diane Richburg, says of Munir’s work, “I have acquired several pieces of Ms. Munir’s work. I was fortunate enough to get my first 2 small paintings (3x5) just as she was starting to find herself as an artist. When she told me, she had just started painting, I have to say I was truly astounded. Even at the beginning, her use of color and space suggested that there was a hidden gift inside of her. Her work harkened back to the Impressionist paintings I had some familiarity with from college study. Funny thing was, she knew nothing of the paintings, the word “Impressionism”, the artists or the times. I firmly believe, as with most arts, something works through the person, even if we don’t know what it is, you look up and have created something you had no idea you could. Such is the case with Osiris. As time has moved forward, so has she. Her artistry grows with each new week and each new work, which is apparent whenever I visit her home gallery. You can see the magnificent growth. She has even touched on my favorite period of paintings which is the period of the “Fauves”. (Another style of painting she has no knowledge of) Her use of color, patterns, and brush strokes are awesome and wild, like the “wild beasts” as the Fauve artists were known as back then. I have gotten a few more pieces. This is a now artist whose growth and potential I hope are not compromised by formal training and teaching.