Ashmeed Ahamad’s work is about feeling strength, and he has developed a better relationship with himself since beginning to write these scriptures. In the past, Ashmeed used drinking to find happi... ness, but it wasn’t working. He hit rock bottom and then began to read spiritual books; he started making notes, and then started putting scriptures together. These writings are something he could say to himself to feel strong. Ashmeed has memorized 80% of the book, and when he has time to himself, he uses it as a form of meditation. This practice is good for Ashmeed’s mental health, and keeps him positive towards life.
Ashmeed Ahamad is a Toronto-based artist working with themes of spirituality and self-love. He studied at Central Tech in Toronto, and has had his work exhibited at several shows including ‘Being Scene Annual Juried Exhibition’, and ‘ArtCart Showcase’.
“I used to not like my life. I’ve messed up so much in my life, I dug myself into a hole I couldn’t get out of. When I would get up, my first thought was how I was going to get my next bottle, it was false happiness. I had suicidal thoughts, and I started reading the bible looking for help. I found help in reading spiritual books. Without my own scripture, I would surely not be happy. The rose in the painting is the symbol of love. I’m starting to love myself. If you can love yourself you can love others. I dedicate my paintings to God; I put a cross in all of my paintings. I’m a happy person now; my paintings are a part of God, to show that God is in everything. Before, my happiness wasn’t real, now it is. This new relationship with myself is phenomenal. It took me 8 years to put this book together.”