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Safwan Dahoul

written by Lee Ann Biddle

Skira | ISBN 9788857215600

Hardback – 208 pages

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After graduating top of his class from the Faculty of Fine Arts in Damascus in 1983, Dahoul went on to receive a scholarship to study abroad from the Ministry of Higher Education in 1987. Choosing to travel to Belgium due to its rich artistic heritage, he obtained a doctorate from the Higher Institute of Plastic Arts in Mons in 1997. Since then, he has participated in a multitude of international art fairs and individual and collective exhibitions throughout the Middle East, Europe, and the United States. As Dahoul’s art is undeterred by national borders, his style of painting is inspired by a vast range of art history including ancient Assyrian and Pharaonic art and European masters such as Hieronymus Bosch and Pieter Bruegel the Elder. Elements of international Modernism and Post-war painting such as the Cubist-inspired momunumentality of Picasso and the socio-political foreboding of Francis Bacon can also be detected in Dahoul’s works. Yet the Syrian artist’s canvases demonstrate a profound originality, namely with the formation of his acsthetic through the detailed exploration of a reoccurring female subject in his widely-recognized Dream series, a continuous body of work that has evolved since 1982.

Artist: Safwan Dahoul

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