August 10, 1952 |
|Notable work||Olive Grove, Lake Champlain, Walking with Giants, Wheat Field, St. Joseph Oratory|
Samir Sammoun was raised in Joun, Lebanon on his family's 1,000-year-old olive plantation. His father, Fares Sammoun, was a broker at the Port of Beirut, and an olive grove farmer. His father Fares and mother Marie Bouchrouch, were married for 65 years until their deaths in 2008 and 2010. Born into one of Joun's notable families, Samir is the third child in a family of six children; five boys and one girl. In 1976, his brother Elias, (age 20), was killed in the Lebanese civil war.
Samir Sammoun began painting in oils at the age of 13, while continuing his formal education. After completing studies at the Ecole des Arts et Metiers in Beirut in 1969, he emigrated to Montreal, Quebec, Canada in 1973 at the age of 21. There he obtained a Baccalauriat en Ingenierie (Engineering degree) in Electronics in 1977, followed by a master's degree in Telecommunications from the Ecole Polytechnique de Montreal in 1978. After becoming a citizen of Canada in 1976, it was there he met and married Yvette Charron in 1980.
Work and careers
While pursuing a career as a telecommunications engineer, and obtaining several patents for Cable TV transmission systems, Sammoun resumed painting oils on canvas, and simultaneously launched a second career as a professional artist.
In 1988–92 Samir Sammoun obtained three patents for engineering inventions that would enable Cable providers to broadcast and receive high speed data over Cable Networks. From 1990–95 Sammoun served as Vice President of Videotron in Montreal, after which he founded his own company SHS Technology. SHS was a leading analyst in the technology that operates the Broadband over power line, which transmits internet signals to and from subscribers of electricity companies. While at Videotron he and his colleagues, as described in their 1990 patent, invented a "cable communication system comprising a bidirectional transmission network connected to the head end for transmitting signals downstream from the head end to a plurality of subscriber stations, and for transmitting data signals upstream to the Cable provider". Along with others, this system forms the basic technology for addressing data traveling over the internet.
In 2003 Samir Sammoun was the invited guest of Emile J. Lahoud, President of Lebanon. His visit was featured in a segment on LBC-TV; and his painting Olive Grove was installed in the Baabda Palace, Presidential Palace in Beirut.
A solo exhibition of his paintings was held at the Gallery d 'Art at the Musee des Beaux-arts de Montreal from October–December 2005, attended by Quebec Premier Jean Charest and his wife Michelle Dionne. Prior to that, Samir Sammoun was given a retrospective at the Musee de Marc-Aurele Fortin in the old city of Montreal, Quebec, Canada.
In 2009 he exhibited at the Plattsburgh State University Art Museum, Plattsburgh, New York to create a series of 18 oil paintings commemorating the 400th Anniversary of the European discovery of Lake Champlain. The paintings were exhibited there from May – July 2009, and featured in a live broadcast there on Fox TV; after which two were exhibited for a year at the Governor's mansion in Albany, upon the request of the First Lady of New York, Michelle Paige Paterson. Paintings from this group were also entered into the Plattsburgh State University Art Museum, and the Samuel de Champlain Museum's permanent collections.
Three of his paintings were acquired in 2011 by the Arab Fund for Economic and Social Development (AFESD) Museum of Kuwait, for their permanent collection.
Other Museum credits include a Group Exhibition at the McCord Museum in Montreal Feb–March 2002, a Guest Artist Exhibition at the Latino Art Museum in Pomona, California 2008 and a commission he painted in 1997 for the St. Joseph's Oratory, a National Historic Landmark in Montreal that receives 2.5 million visitors every year. Another painting was commissioned by Corporate Affairs International and donated to the government of Quebec. It is now included in the permanent collection of the Quebec government offices in Quebec City.
Sammoun works in a series of images from one palette. He works with oils on jute and linen canvas, applying a heavy impasto, created in fast emotional bursts of energy. The result is a spontaneous rendering of the subject, as if a flickering effect of light is coming through, reflected by the colors he places side by side and on top of one another on his canvas. Critics like Noel Meyer of MAGAZIN' ART have said, "Sammoun attempts to make his audience feel the wind blow through the trees, the heat in the air and the colours of the sky ..." Victor Forbes Editor of Fine Art Magazine, has said that "Sammoun's emotional investment in each work is evident in every canvas."
Paintings by Sammoun were in a 2012 group exhibition "Viewpoint and Vistas".
Samir Sammoun is active in several charitable organizations, including Sainte Justine Hospital of Montreal and the Medical Mission for Children in Boston. In 2012 Sammoun met with Cardinal Bechara Boutros Al Rahi, Patriarch of the Maronite Catholic Church, during his visit to Montreal; and presented him with an oil painting to be placed in the Bkerke, at the historic coastal city of Junieh, Lebanon.
- Boston Museum of Fine Arts, "Give the Arts a Chance" project 2014, 2012, 2011
- Plattsburgh State University Art Museum, Plattsburgh, New York, 2009
- Latino Art Museum, Pomona, California, 2008
- Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, Art Gallery, Quebec Nov–Dec 2005
- Retrospective at the Marc-Aurèle Fortin Museum, Montreal, November 2003 to January 2004
- McCord Museum, Montréal, Group Exhibition 2002
- Permanent collection of the Latino Art Museum, Pomona, California
- Permanent collection of the Plattsburgh State University Art Museum, Plattsburgh, New York
- Permanent collection of the Champlain Museum, Lake Champlain, New York
- Permanent Collection St.Joseph's Oratory Museum, Montréal, Québec, Canada
- Permanent collection of Arab Fund for Economic and Social Development Museum, Kuwait
- Boston Museum of Fine Arts "Give the Arts a Chance" Catalog 2011, 2012
- Fine Art Magazine, Samir Sammoun in Montreal, Channeling Van Gogh, Victor Forbes, Winter 2006
- Musée des beaux-arts de Montreal – Galerie d'art Catalog. Forward by Michelle Dionne, First Lady of Quebec. 2005
- Fine Art Magazine, Samir Sammoun Fields of Faith, Groves of Gratitude, Victor Forbes, Spring 2004
- Fine Art Magazine, Samir Sammoun Walking with Giants, Victor Forbes, Spring 2003
- Musèe Marc-Auréle Fortin Museum Catalog "Sammoun au Musée Marc-Auréle Fortin" 2003
- MAGAZINART, October 2000 : Samir Sammoun, Artiste Peintre de Grande Classe
- Samir Sammoun, Artiste Peintre de classe internationale, Pierre H. Savignac, 1996
- National Library of Canada, 1993
- Bibliothèque Nationale du Québec, 1992
- Galerie d'Orsay, Boston, Massachusetts, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2007, 2006, 2005
- Onessimo Fine Art February 2013.
- Douglas Albert Gallery, State College, Pennsylvania, 2009
- Chasen Galleries, Richmond, Virginia, 2009, 2005, 2004, 2003, 2002,
- Latino Art Museum, Pomona, California, 2008
- J.R. Mooney Galleries, San Antonio, Texas, 2007, 2004
- Exhibition,Gallery d'art of the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, 2007
- Artagraphix, Westlake Village, California 2005, 2002
- Retrospective One-Man Exhibition at the Marc-Aurèle Fortin Museum, Montréal, 2003 to 2004
- Salon des Galeries d'Art, Montréal, 2000
- Gallery Klimantiris, Montréal, Québec, 1997
- Salon des Galeries d'Art, Place Bonaventure, Montréal, Québec, 1995
- Gallery Centre d'Art Monrency, Montréal, Québec, 1994
- Palm Beach Jewelry, Art & Antique Show, February 2013.
- Art Expo, New York, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007, 2006, 2005, 2004, 2003, 2002, 2001, 2000, 1999, 1998, 1997, 1996.
- Galerie d'Orsay "View Points & Vistas" 2012
- Art Expo Miami, 2013
- Le Balcon D'Art, Montreal, Quebec, 2012
- Off the Wall Gallery, Houston, Texas, 2012
- Gallery D'May, Cape May, New Jersey, 2011
- Red Dot Miami, 2011
- Montreal City Hall, June 2005
- Canadian Heritage Art Gallery, 2004
- Palm Springs Expo, Palm Springs, California, 2003
- Plattsburgh State University Art Museum, 2002
- McCord Museum, Montréal, 2002
- Decor Expo, Atlanta, Georgia, 2002
- Collectors Editions, New York Art Expo, 2002, 2001
- Caza, Longueuil, Québec, 1999
- Galeries Ozias Leduc, Montréal, 1998
- CAPI, Venice, Italy, 1993
- CAPSQ, Dorval, Québec, 1992
Corporate and public collections
- Government of Quebec, Offices of the Premier : Quebec City, Québec
- Baabda Palace,Presidential Palace: Beirut, Lebanon
- City of Plattsburgh, New York: Office of the Mayor
- St-Joseph Oratory Museum: Montréal, Québec
- Vidéotron : Canada
- Ayerst Laboratories : Montréal, Québec
- Metropolitan Orchestra: Montréal, Québec
- Novartis Pharma Canada Inc. : Montréal, Québec
- Swaby Ogilvy,Renault : Montréal, Québec
- Bkerke, Maronite Catholic Patriarchate, Junieh, Lebanon
- Delta Hotel : Montréal, Québec
- IBM Corporation : Montréal, Québec
- Coca-Cola Corporation : HQ, San Antonio, Texas
- Arab Fund for Economic & Social Development(AFESD)
- DataPoint Capital, Boston, Massachusetts
Also in private collections in the United States, Canada, Mexico, France, and England.
- Meyer, Noel (2005). Sammoun. Montreal, Quebec, Canada: Musee de beaux-artsde Montreal. pp. 7–8.
- Savignac, P.H. (2000). "Samir Sammoun A Class Act". Magazin Art. 13 (Fall): 107–109, 135–137.
- "Patent Buddy". Retrieved July 12, 2013.
- United States. Patent and Trademark Office (1992). Official Gazette of the United States Patent and Trademark Office: Patents, Volume 1139, Issues 4–5. the University of Wisconsin – Madison: U.S. Department of Commerce, Patent and Trademark Office, 1992. pp. 78, 3300.
- "Open Corporates". Retrieved July 12, 2013.
- Forbes, Jamie (2004). "Samir Honored with Museum Exhibit". Fine Art Magazine (Spring): 29. UPC-A: 0-97843-77023-8, EAN-2: 03.
- Ouellette, Michelle. "New York's first lady to be on-hand for museum exhibit opening". SUNY Plattsburgh News. Retrieved July 18, 2013.
- Ettling, Dr. John. "Plattsburgh State Art Museum". Views of Lake Champlain. Retrieved July 15, 2013.
- Caudell, Robin (June 21, 2009). "Art from Plattsburgh show going to Governor's Mansion". Press Republican. Retrieved July 12, 2013.
- Nardi, Graciela. "Latino Art Museum". Retrieved July 12, 2013.
- Forbes, Victor (2003). "Samir Walking with Giants". Fine Art Magazine (Spring): 20–23. UPC-A: 0-97843-77023-8, EAN-2: 01.
- "Viewpoints & Vistas". Galerie d'Orsay. Retrieved July 15, 2013.
- Meyer, Noel (2005). Sammoun. Montreal, Quebec, Canada: Musee de Beaux-Arts de Montreal. pp. 31–32.
- Sammoun, Samir. "Samir Sammoun Fine Art". Retrieved July 12, 2013.
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