Multi-disciplinary artist Jasmin Pannu's design is a celebration of Brampton

Brampton's Jasmin Pannu discusses her design 'CBC Hearts Brampton' and shares her advice for the next generation of artists.

Brampton's Jasmin Pannu shares her hometown pride and advice for the next generation of artists

Brampton’s Jasmin Pannu shares her artistic philosophy

5 months ago
Duration 1:50
Meet the artist behind CBC’s My Brampton design and augmented reality murals found across across the GTA.

Since launching last fall, CBC Toronto's Brampton Bureau has set out to tell the stories of city and create connections within the community

Multi-disciplinary designer Jasmin Pannu has been making her mark across Brampton as a muralist, digital illustrator and henna artist. Below, Pannu shares the inspiration behind her 'CBC Hearts Brampton' design, how her hometown continues to shape her work and worldview, and offers advice to up-and-coming creators. 

Responses have been edited for length and clarity.

How did you get into art and become a creator?

My grandmother taught me how to fabric paint at a young age, then later I would teach myself how to do henna. I had been in awe of henna application as a little girl immersed in the Indian culture. By high school, I was doing paid henna gigs for family and friends. Then I started hand-painting shoes and selling them online! From there, it kept growing. 

What is your style / art philosophy?

My style is very multidisciplinary and I enjoy huge stylistic variety in my works. The one philosophy that connects everything that I produce is a process represented by glyphs that can be found in my artist signature and my tattoo: to challenge, to create, to transform. That philosophy guides everything I do professionally and personally. 

Jasmin Pannu (Jasmin Pannu)

What have you been working on lately?

Recently I finished my fourth augmented reality mural for Coca-Cola right here at the Gore Meadows Community Centre! I've also been working with the City of Brampton BIA to create digital illustrations for store fronts. My most recent project was with TV reporter and Producer, Amrit Gill. I custom painted her blazer and shoes with a very loud and bold statement representing BIPOC women during her puck drop at the LA Kings game for the NHL. 

How did growing up in Brampton help shape you as a person and an artist?

Growing up in Brampton exposed me to so many different cultures, ways of being and personal stories like that of immigration. I carry those stories with me through my work and who I am. 

CBC Hearts Brampton (Design by Jasmin Pannu)

Can you explain the thought process behind your 'CBC Hearts Brampton' design? 

I wanted to create something in celebration of Brampton. To echo back the diversity of race, age and creed. To represent the elderly generation who migrated here to support their kids and grandkids. To represent the young families who visit Chinguacousy Park for the fireworks, or the young professionals who commute to work. To pay ode to the landmarks that make Brampton so familiar and always feeling like home. 

It was an honour to be able to create this artwork, especially because I was able to draw a portrait of my (now deceased) grandfather, Smitter Gill. He lived a beautiful, community-oriented life here in Brampton. He would go for his morning walks, loved visiting the library and was an exemplary neighbour, friend and of course, grandfather. 

His spirit, one of resilience and integration and at the intersection of multiple countries and cultures, is one that so perfectly captures what Brampton is. 

What would you tell the next generation of creators coming up in Brampton and beyond?

"If not you, then who? If not now, then when?"

I would tell the next generation of creators coming up in Brampton and beyond that the spirit of the muse and the spirit of talent came to them because they are personally chosen and best equipped to bring their gifts into a world that so desperately needs people who are embodied and in alignment.

The CBC Brampton bureau, led by CBC journalists Ali Raza and Nav Nanwa, launched in November, 2021, and since has produced several stories such as: 

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