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Artist's Statement

Since my teenage years I was fascinated by Art, Paintings, History and Architecture. Perhaps this engendered my passion to travel to see more of the world, to develop an appreciation for, and a desire to learn from, foreign civilizations and their art and cultures.

My love for art and history, in addition to world events, inspire me to start a new painting that reflects my emotions and philosophy in response to an ideal, incident or event brought to my attention.

I enjoy expressing myself in my paintings and I feel great when I succeed in bringing  one of my dreams into reality through my paintings.  

Esam Jlilati Style

Esam Jlilati  paints remarkably detailed pieces that smoothly transition from ancient architecture to fantastic surrealism and modern cityscapes. His seamless way of mixing these three subjects has resulted in a colorful style that's uniquely his own.

By Cassie Rief

The Artist Bio

Esam Jlilati was passionate about visual arts and architecture since his childhood and had always aimed for a career as a painter. However, his father believed that art was reserved only for the rich, but not for those who needed to make their own living. Therefore, he chose engineering as the focus of his formal education and architectural design as career.  When he began studying in Darmstadt Germany, he managed to continue painting parallel to his other career. After his immigration to   Canada   in 2004, Esam decided to bring art to the professional level and make it his primarily career.   

He has delivered lectures and wrote articles about artistic techniques and architectural history, which makes him renowned through local and international journals and magazines

Upon viewing his works, it becomes quite obvious that this artist spends an inordinate amount of time laboring over them so as to make them unique and thought provoking, and some of his paintings are detailed to the point of being almost microscopic. 

His works has been exhibited and sold in Europe, North America, Australia and the Middle East.

Jlilati's paintings present the mixture of fantasy modern art with the ancient architectural art, best described as a blend of Expressionism, realism and sometime surrealism, but he believes that he has his own style and call it “fantasy realism.”

Esam spends most of his time in his home based studio in Toronto along with traveling to Philadelphia, USA occasionally. 

His subjects are his interpretation of objects in the real world modified by his emotions and ideals, this, in turn, sometimes lends a mystical, other worldliness to his work. 

His artworks are achieved using oil and water-based paint.