AN INDEPENDENT GALLERY WITH A DIFFERENCE
The consistent theme running through Lebanese artist Ali Mourabet’s captivating paintings is their uplifting colour palette, whether vibrant and energetic or neutral and calm. Early works present simplistic geometric shapes and abstract forms, inspired by his love of architecture, which begin to transform into more recognisable structures in later pieces. Having spent much of his life in Beirut where he still resides, Mourabet often paints everyday scenes from the city as he observes and depicts the buildings that surround his high-rise studio and immediate surrounding environment. In more recent works, Mourabet has begun to combine his love for geometric forms with more descriptive elements, creating distinctive landscapes and cityscapes that sit somewhere between the abstract and the figurative. Throughout his work he strives to bring the same sense of peace and nostalgia to the viewer that he feels when he creates each piece; his use of saturated colours, especially in his sun-drenched faces of buildings and inviting beach scenes, giving an overwhelming sense of positivity. Born in Damascus in 1951, Ali Mourabet has lived in Beirut with his family for the greater part of his life. An architect since 1976, he has a long-running passion for designing buildings, and as a professional artist since 1977, a love for depicting scenes from Lebanon, and this is reflected in much of his work. In addition to painting and architecture, Mourabet also worked as a caricaturist for a daily newspaper and two weekly magazines in Abu Dhabi from 1978 to 1980 and images of his paintings have been used on promotional material by the United Nations Unicef organisation and the Lion’s Club for fundraising events.
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