Marwan Sahamarani | Black Moon
10 January - 24 February 2014 at Kashya Hildebrand Gallery, London, UK
Private Preview: 9 January, 2014
In Black Moon, we see Sahmarani’s renewed focus on the medium of oil paint itself. "I've been working with oil for twenty years," says Sahmarani, "and it is only in the last two years that I feel I have really had a breakthrough." From simple compositions of defined lines and graphic figures, Sahmarani’s paintings have transformed. A looser brush stroke dissolves into a symphony of colour not unlike those found in his new home by the Mediterranean. Over the years, defined figures and human shapes have dissipated to make way for freer forms and a bolder application of colour. The smooth, flat surface on his canvas has given way to swathes of thick impasto, the texture of his painting taking physical form as a tangible being, with abstract patterns and heavy brush strokes revealing the images lying within.