Jennifer Hosein, Artist

Jennifer Hosein

Jennifer Hosein


Jennifer Hosein photo by Iqbal Hosein


  • Tranzac Club, Toronto, July, 2023
  • Bampot Tea House, Toronto, May, 2015
  • Wychwood Pub, Toronto, 2014
  • Gladstone Hotel, Toronto, October 2013
  • York Civic Centre, Toronto, March – April 1999
  • Studio 272, Toronto, June 1996
  • Parkdale Village Arts Collective, Toronto, December 1994
  • BESL Books, February – March 1993
  • The Pilot Tavern, November 1992
  • Beacon’s Cafe, October 1992
  • Hart House, University of Toronto, 1981


Jennifer Hosein was born in Montreal, Canada. She is a visual artist, writer and English as a Second Language teacher, living and working in Toronto, Canada. She holds an Honours BA in Visual Art, French and English Literature from the University of Toronto. Her artwork has appeared on book covers, in magazines and in solo and group exhibitions in Toronto. Her poems, short fiction and a play have been published in magazines in Canada and Europe. Her debut collection of poetry, A Map of Rain Days, was published by Guernica Editions in the fall of 2020, featuring her artwork on the cover as well as in the interior of the book.  


Artist Statement

My life as an artist began when I was four years old, sitting at the kitchen table where I drew people living their day-to-day lives which seemed to me, then, infinitely more interesting than my own. I don’t recall a time when I wasn’t imagining or dreaming. As a teenager, I learned to pull the pain out of me and put it onto paper. Later, I added the night creatures and beasts and in-between people that made up my life, juxtaposing ugliness and beauty, terror and pleasure, the erotic and repulsion.

My mediums are primarily oil, charcoal, ink, watercolor, pastels, and collage. In my earlier work, I used an intense color palette to conjure despair, darkness, demons and angels. I was inspired by myths, nightmares, imagination and life. I am colorblind, so I work with colors I can see, and lately my color palette has morphed into something more muted, dominated by blues and whites. I paint the human figure as a way of coming to terms with the body, and, recently, I have been melding the human figure with nature as a way of reconciling with our busy, Technicolor city lives. I have also been working on semi-figurative portraits of people I love, have lost, admire or hurt for. Often a painting is inspired by a poem or story I am working on, and vice versa. For me, painting and writing are always intertwined.

Book Covers:

  • Painting, Solitude, on the cover of A Map of Rain Days by Jennifer Hosein, Guernica Editions, 2020, ISBN 978-1-77183-441-4
  • Painting, Angel Over the City, on the cover of Tender in the Age of Fury by Brandon Pitts, Mosaic Press, 2016, ISBN: 978-1-77161-174-9
  • Painting, Boy, on the cover of Killcreek by Brandon Pitts, 2013, IOWI, ISBN: 978-1-926926-27-28
  • Drawing, Glass, on the cover of Midnight by John Tarnoc, Window Press, 1992, ISBN: 0-9696447-0-1

Art published in magazines:

  • Oil paintings published in The Quarantine Review, Holiday Special, December, 2021 and issue #11, March, 2022
  • Watercolours published in Labour of Love, Volume 40, March, 2015, ISSN:1192-621X
  • Oil pastel drawing published in Labour of Love, Volume 38, December ,2013, ISSN:1192-621X
  • Oil pastel drawings and watercolour published in Labour of Love, Volume 37, June, 2013, ISSN:1192-621X
  • Ink drawings published in The Muse Journal, Volume One, Issue #4, September, 1992
  • Ink drawings published in Waves, Volume 6, Number 1, ISSN 0315-3932

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