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The paintings of Lebanese artist Walid El Masri possess what one critic referred to as the "bravura and
technique one rarely finds in the work of someone his age."
Born in Beirut in 1979, he is a graduate of the
Faculty of Fine Arts in Damascus and has participated in numerous group exhibitions and art fairs at home
and abroad, including in Europe, Asia and the US. Solo exhibitions at the China International Gallery Expo and
Art Hong Kong in 2009 and a featuring in Art Dubai in 2010, established his popularity among international
Considered a rising young talent of his generation, he has held solo shows in Damascus, Dubai and Paris and
has been featured in a number of Ayyam Gallery's high profile events such as its competition for emerging
artists in 2007, in addition to several Ayyam Auctions public sales. The recipient of numerous awards, he has
won prizes at various workshops and contests in Syria.
In the artist’s canvases, experiments in palette and composition revolve around a relentless examination of a
single material subject—a simple chair. Yet this inanimate object possesses a startling power, as it functions
as a point of departure for greater investigations into the fundamental components of painting.
Like Morandi's vases or Cezanne's apples, El Masri's depictions are less about the objects themselves. What
we find instead is an apparent resolve to reconfigure compositional properties, as he toys with depth and
space, alluding to meditations on art and life and moments that are suspended in time—profound explorations
that have attracted a large pool of art aficionados from across the region.
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