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Antoine Khawam

Khawam’s recent work was influenced by today’s socio-political issues such as chaos, displacement, war and immigration, and premised on the idea that challenges our vision of Syria’s urban scenes in its wartorn cities and structured through our own varying positions. The use of expressive brush strokes weaves together images of geometric and organic shapes, some are abstract and others are recognized objects scattered across the canvas with hints of the architecture that suggest chaos and hope in an urban scene which intensify our experience.

Khawam’s primary focus is of his birthplace – the city of Aleppo with urban scenes of collapsed apartment floors, fallen balconies, curved rooftops, debris and punched holes in building facades. The painting series reveal haunting and disturbing scenes and intentionally was painted with a palette of joyful color fields and shapes that emerge from the canvas with a vigorous life-force. A fantastical place of fear, desire, refuge, conquest and decay, the Syrian conflict has played an increasingly important role in creating a subject matter with a unique style that connect people through art. His interest in portraying the socio-political issues of the multi-cultural and social disturbances is well presented and has an aesthetic sense of the sublime.

 

Tony Khawam was born in Aleppo, Syria and immigrated to the U.S. with his parents in 1977. He is a graduate from the School of Visual Arts in New York City and now lives and works i

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