Multidisciplinary artist Jasmin Pannu’s design is a celebration of Brampton


Since its launch last fall, CBC’s Brampton office in Toronto has set out to tell the stories of the city and build community connections.

Multidisciplinary designer Jasmin Pannu has made 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 for 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 to paint on fabric at a young age, then later I would teach myself how to do henna. I had been in awe of the application of henna when I was a little girl immersed in Indian culture. In high school, I did paid henna concerts for my family and friends. Then I started painting shoes by hand and selling them online! From there it just kept growing.

What is your artistic style/philosophy?

My style is very multidisciplinary and I appreciate a great stylistic variety in my works. The one ethos that connects everything I produce is a process represented by glyphs found in my artist signature and tattoo: challenge, create, transform. This philosophy guides everything I do professionally and personally.

Jasmine Pannu (Jasmine Pannu)

What have you been working on lately?

Recently I completed my fourth augmented reality mural for Coca-Cola right here at the Gore Meadows Community Center! I have also worked with the City of Brampton BIA to create digital artwork for store fronts. My most recent project was with television journalist and producer, Amrit Gill. I custom painted his blazer and shoes with a very strong and bold statement representing the women of BIPOC when he was face-off at the LA Kings game for the NHL.

How has growing up in Brampton helped shape you as a person and as an artist?

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

Radio-Canada Hearts Brampton (Design by Jasmin Pannu)

Can you explain the thought process behind the design of your “CBC Hearts Brampton”?

I wanted to create something to celebrate Brampton. To echo the diversity of races, ages and beliefs. To represent the older generation who migrated here to support their children and grandchildren. Represent young families visiting Chinguacousy Park for the fireworks or young professionals commuting to work. To pay homage to the landmarks that make Brampton so familiar and still feel like home.

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

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

What would you say to the next generation of creators coming to Brampton and beyond?

“If not you, then who?” If not now, then when?

I would say to the next generation of creators to come to Brampton and beyond that the spirit of muse and the spirit of talent has come to them because they are personally chosen and better equipped to bring their gifts into a world who desperately needs people who are embodied and aligned.

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

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