Marie Josee Primeau Image Credit: Ahmed Kutty/Gulf News

Abu Dhabi: Her works have been inspired by the people she meets, the places she has visited and the experiences that result from them.

And now, in addition to being the first Canadian artist to be named ‘Signature Artist, Solo Exhibition' at Abu Dhabi Art, Marie Josee Primeau was also honoured at a special ceremony at the Canadian Embassy on Monday evening.

"I'm very proud to be honoured in such a way by both the embassy and Abu Dhabi Art. I've always been inspired by the region, which is reflected in my works. I'm always trying to find unique ways to reflect the vibrancy of the region while at the same time preserve its heritage," Primeau said.

"For the 40th anniversary of the UAE's unification, I have created a series inspired by the late Shaikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan. One of these, a two-by-two metre painting called ‘The Founder of the United Arab Emirates… The Visionary', was commissioned by one of my sponsors to present to the Royal Family on National Day," she added.

The event was attended by dignitaries and invited guests, including Abdullah Salim Al Ameri, Director of Culture at the Abu Dhabi Authority for Culture and Heritage (Adach) and Kris Panday, the Canadian Consul General in Dubai.