This artwork is inspired by photographs of the New York subway during the 1970s. It confronts love with the ugliness and the heaviness of the modern world. Without any convention, I wanted to stages urban scenes and contemporary lives. The ungracious, laid in colour, painted and emphasized, suddenly becomes majestical and singular. This painting is also distinguishable by the boldness of its brilliant tones.

- Safae Mounsif

Subway Love

Oil paint, pastel on stretched canvas
Finished black edges
Ready to hang

Signed on front

30" h x 24" w x .75" d
4 lbs. 6 oz.



Safae Mounsif
Montreal, Canada

Getting to Know Safae

Safae Mounsif was born in Casablanca, Morocco and studied architecture in France. For Safae, an interest in architecture has led to a fixation with the modern urban environment, which is the primary focus in her contemporary paintings. She selects subjects that are unglamorous and perhaps don’t easily fit into society–prostitutes, loners, blue collar workers, city kids. Safae’s depictions of these individuals are vivid and emotional. By tightly cropping her compositions, the viewer is compelled to interact with characters and situations that one might normally avoid. The result is a series of engaging portraits that bring life to urban characters and encourages the viewer to consider the individual’s circumstances.