Ayyam Gallery, Dubai (DIFC) is pleased to invite you to the preview and reception of 'A Date with Spring', an exhibition of new paintings by Syrian artist Mouteea Murad, on Monday, 21 October at 7pm.
Murad’s new paintings are composed of ambient strips of colour, marking a departure from the rigid geometric structures of earlier work. The artist describes this stylistic shift as a visual antidote to the political upheaval in the Arab world. While previous works were defined by a strict mathematical approach, Murad’s new paintings are characterised by a looser, more fluid abstraction.
Though drawing upon Murad’s experiences of conflict, the artist’s new paintings are defiantly optimistic, bearing titles which connote beauty and hope; his rejection of negativity in this new body of work serves as a cathartic process for the artist.
Murad’s perception of the physical environment is permeated by his abstracted visual language and he considers the act of observing to be more engaging than attempts to produce realist representations of life.
Born in 1977 in Homs, Syria, Mouteea Murad lives and works in Cairo. His work is housed in private and public collections internationally, including the Jordan National Gallery of Fine Arts. Selected solo exhibitions include Ayyam Gallery Beirut (2011); Ayyam Gallery DIFC, Dubai (2011); Ayyam Gallery Damascus (2010).