I'm based in Beirut and London.
My architectural training informs my interest in light and space. I make sketches from life, and often supported by photos, filter these experiences through memory in the studio. I combine thick impasto oil and thin watercolour washes. Paint is brushed, dripped, flicked, scraped, slashed and wiped to achieve visceral expressions of meaning and movement.
I'm interested in blurring the boundaries between realism and abstraction, and the paradox of capturing a sense of time in a still image.
I explore the symbolism of narrative motifs such as carousels, suggesting dramatic contrasts in the city and the coexistence of pain and joy. I use motifs such as these to suggest childhood memories, the collective amnesia that often happens during and after challenging events and the resilience of the human spirit in the face of adversity.
Whilst these are the main concerns of my studio practice, I often exhibit paintings as site specific installations which grow from the buildings I work in. My exhibitions are immersive experiences which go well beyond the illusion of a two dimensional image. By transforming abandoned spaces into living centers of creativity, I hope to preserve precious heritage and memory which is under threat from profit driven development and contribute something positive to the place I live in. This concern for wider society informs my collaborations with disadvantaged children.
Art doesn't exist in isolation. Where religion and politics divide us, Art offers us a common ground and a peaceful path of expression.
Exhibition at Al Zaher, Beirut
Exhibition 'Full Circle' at Haigazian University, Beirut
Residency and teach art workshops to children of Dar Al Aytam orphanage at Al Zaher, Zarif, Beirut
Lecture, Film screening and exhibition at Alwan For The Arts, New York City
'Spectrum' exhibition at British Embassy Residence, Lebanon
Art Residencies in Beit Boustani and Holiday Inn, Beirut
Exhibition 'Flowers Of Lebanon', 54 The Gallery, London
'Tyre Art Jam' - a collaboration with Lebanese children, and Syrian and Palestinian Refugee children at Al Bass Roman Hippodrome, Tyre, South Lebanon. The resiulting stop motion animation film of the project is screened at 'Archeolife' Film Festival, Cagliari, Italy.
Exhibition at La Magnanerie, Beirut
‘At The Rose House’ exhibition in Beirut- transforming an iconic empty mansion in Beirut into an exhibition venue and cultural center for 3 months.
Exhibition ‘Talk Peace Act Love’ at CAP Kuwait
Al Asmakh International Art Symposium in Doha, Qatar
Exhibition 'Fairground' at British Embassy Residence, Lebanon in aid of SOS Children's Villages, Lebanon.
Art Workshops with children from SOS Children's Villages, Lebanon.
Produce 4 short films, 'Carousel', 'The Beat Goes On', 'Out Of Armenia' and 'SOS- Hayda Libnen'.
Exhibition 'Carousel' at Villa Paradiso in Beirut. Help to restore an abandoned mansion that had been derelict for 40 years, transforming it into a venue for the exhibition. The villa has since become a permanent center for the Arts.
Teach Painting and Drawing at the Art Market Academy in Venice, to coincide with the Venice Biennale.
Exhibition of London Paintings at Avenue, St James's, London.
Commissioned to paint the Olympic Broadcasting Services Building, London Olympic Village. 300 signed prints of the painting presented to heads of the world's media at Games Opening Ceremony.
Commissioned to collaborate on a live art performance about the Royal Jubilee River Pageant from roof of City of Westminster School, London.
Commissioned to paint in New York, London and Oman.
Screening of 'Beirut Art Jam' at 'Whitewall' street art exhibition at Beirut Art Centre and Das Scharf International Film Showcase, Berlin.
Exhibit landscapes at Gabala International Art Exhibition, Azerbaijan.
Exhibit new paintings at Aida Cherfan Fine Art, Beirut.
Collaborate with artists Dominic Madden and Noor Haydar on stop motion painting animation 'Beirut Art Jam'.
Teach art and music workshops at Al Kamandjati School, Bourj al Barajneh Refugee Camp, Beirut
Exhibit 'Road to Damascus' series of paintings at St Pauls Cathedral 300 year anniversary exhibition, St Pauls, London.
Exhibition 'Portraits of Beirut' at Aida Cherfan Fine Art, Beirut
Commissioned to paint public mural, Saifi, Downtown Beirut
Teach art workshops at SOS Children's villages, Lebanon
Exhibit paintings at Aida Cherfan Fine Art, Beirut
Commissioned to paint landscapes in Andalucia, Spain
Exhibition of French and Moroccan landscapes at Le Grenier aux Artistes, Roquecor, France.
Commissioned to paint landscapes of Jerusalem and the West Bank for Al Quds Media head office
Exhibition '12 centuries of Fez, Morocco' at Unesco, Paris
Teach drawing and painting course, South West France
Exhibition 'The Thames', Russell Gallery, London
Exhibition about Lebanon 'Resilient Spirit', Indar Pasricha Fine Art, London
Commissioned to paint landscapes in India, Lebanon and England
Exhibition 'From London to the Levant', Adam Street Club, the Strand, London
Exhibition 'A Select Six', Oakham Gallery, St James's, London
Commissioned to paint landscapes in India, Morocco, Mallorca, Italy and England
Exhibition 'I Love Beirut', Adam Street Club, the Strand, London
Exhibition 'Moods of London', West Eleven Gallery, Notting Hill, London
Touring exhibition about London in Berlin, Barcelona and Milan
Commissioned to paint landscapes in Lebanon and Syria
Teach drawing workshops with children in Dahiye, Beirut
Exhibition 'The Thames', Russell Gallery, London
Exhibition 'Metropolis', Rainbird Fine Art, Clerkenwell, London
Commissioned to paint landscapes in Venice, France and Cumbria
Project artist for Liam O'Connor Architects, London
Exhibition 'Cityworks', Artbank Gallery, Clerkenwell, London
Exhibit new city paintings at Artbank, Russell and St'art Galleries, London
Exhibit new work with St'art Gallery at New York, Dublin, Glasgow and Chelsea Art Fairs
Exhibition 'From Life', Gallery 54, Mayfair, London
Exhibition at Cusp Gallery, Burghley House, London
Exhibition, 'Landscapes and Nudes', Chateau de l'Hoste, France
Exhibition of figurative work, 'Living Presence', Oxo Tower Gallery, South Bank, London
Exhibition of nudes, 'Body', Coningsby Gallery, Soho, London
Commissioned to paint cityscapes in Rome
Exhibition of French and Italian landscapes, Hall and Knight Gallery, New York
Exhibition 'From Abstraction to Landscape', Studio 115, Oxo Tower, South Bank, London
Exhibition of Abstract work 'Blu r red', Oxo Tower Gallery, South Bank, London
Exhibition of landscapes, private residence, New York
Exhibition 'Soul Music', African American Art Fair, Philadelphia
Commissioned to paint Western Wall in Jerusalem
Commissioned to paint Sainte Chapelle in Paris for Mellon Foundation private collection, USA
Exhibition 'Spanish landscapes', private residence, London
Work as Gallery coordinator and artist, Valencia, Spain
Found and manage Fusion Art Collective, Newcastle
1992-5: BA(Hons) Architectural Studies, Newcastle University
(time spent studying in Istanbul and Prague during the degree)
1991-2: Foundation Studies in Art and Design, Norwich School of Art
1986-91: Uppingham School, England
1973: DOB, England