Ayyam Gallery Beirut is pleased to announce Drawings on Paper, the forthcoming solo show of Syrian painter Nihad Al Turk.Featuring a new body of work, the exhibition will highlight an essential component of Al Turk's artistic practice by examining his use of drawing as a formal device that gives volume and depth to expressionist figures and objects-subjects that appear to shift in place as masses trapped in disfigured shells.
Although widely known for allegorical paintings exploring a cast of monstrous, semi-autobiographical characters, Al Turk recently produced a series of large ink and acrylic drawings that chronicle the current conflict in Syria from it's early days as a popular uprising to it's current state as an all-consuming war.
Al Turk's new works follow a period of his art that restructured his compositions as he injected brilliant hues and minimised backgrounds with flat areas of colour.Inspired by his move from Damascus to Beirut after the outbreak of the war, the last series is ostensibly optimistic.In contrast, his most recent drawings provide a somber account of displacement through a medium that allows for the laden inferences of markings.As the artist's lines seem to cut into the surface of the paper, an evident tension is created.
Date : 2 April - 28 May, 2015
Timings: 2 April (7PM - 9PM)
Venue : Beirut Tower, Ground floor, Zeitoune Street, across from Beirut Marina.
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