"Tommy" is the story of a young boy facing the modern world for the first time. He feels uncomfortable in his adult clothes. He looks at us and awakens in us discomfort and compassion. The mixture of oil and pastel gives an energy and a power to the artwork that contrasts with the banality of the painted scene.

- Safae Mounsif


Oil paint, pastel on stretched canvas
Painting wraps around edges
Ready to hang

Signed on front

28" h x 22" w x .62" d
2 lbs. 12 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.