Personal Statement

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.


Biography

2017

Exhibition at Al Zaher, Beirut

Exhibition 'Full Circle' at Haigazian University, Beirut

2016

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

2015

'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

2014

‘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

2013

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.

2012

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.

2011


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

2010

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

2009

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.

2008

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

2007

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

2006

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

2005

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

2004

Exhibition 'Cityworks', Artbank Gallery, Clerkenwell, London

Exhibit new city paintings at Artbank, Russell and St'art Galleries, London

2003

Exhibit new work with St'art Gallery at New York, Dublin, Glasgow and Chelsea Art Fairs

2002

Exhibition 'From Life', Gallery 54, Mayfair, London

Exhibition at Cusp Gallery, Burghley House, London

Exhibition, 'Landscapes and Nudes', Chateau de l'Hoste, France

2001

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

2000

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

1999

Exhibition of landscapes, private residence, New York

Exhibition 'Soul Music', African American Art Fair, Philadelphia

Commissioned to paint Western Wall in Jerusalem

1998

Commissioned to paint Sainte Chapelle in Paris for Mellon Foundation private collection, USA

1997

Exhibition 'Spanish landscapes', private residence, London

Work as Gallery coordinator and artist, Valencia, Spain

1996

Found and manage Fusion Art Collective, Newcastle

Education

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