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"Taking the Words Out of the Painting"
by Hubert Fattal

TAKING THE WORDS OUT OF THE PAINTING, 220x200cm, acrylic on canvas, 2007

Painting by Hubert Fattal Painting by Hubert Fattal

TAKING THE RED OUT OF THE FLAG, 220x200cm, acrylic on canvas, 2007

Painting by Hubert Fattal Painting by Hubert Fattal

SPRING NEVER CAME (diptych), 100x120cm (each), acrylic on canvas, 2007

Painting by Hubert Fattal Painting by Hubert Fattal

SOMBRE CLARTE (diptych), 100x120cm (each), acrylic on canvas, 2007

Painting by Hubert Fattal Painting by Hubert Fattal

UNTITLED 1, 100x100cm, mixed media on canvas, 2007

Painting by Hubert Fattal Painting by Hubert Fattal

UNTITLED 2 (triptych), 100x100cm (each), mixed media on canvas, 2007

Painting by Hubert Fattal Painting by Hubert Fattal

 

The title of the show is also the title of one of Fattal's most recent paintings and could represent the evolution of the artist. The exhibition shows two main body of works from two periods ranging along 10 years. The early, iconic, tryptical, soul-drenched works, screamed-out its romantic fin de siècle spleen.

Always obsessed with the theme of self-identity, Fattal considers his paintings as self-portraits that evolved from figurative mixed media collages, made of words and images, to more abstract patterns and synthetic flowers, inspired by his trips to India. Oversized pages torn-out of a travel notebook.

His message is now more mature, more subtle, self-effacing. Despite their happy pop esthetic, the paintings reflect a deep melancholy that can be read throughout.

In the end it is only a matter of Light and Colours.

 
EXHIBITION
June 20 - July 19, 2008 (from 2pm to 8pm) at the Kettaneh Building, Mar Mikhael, Beirut, Lebanon.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Hubert Fattal is born in 1970, in Beirut. After graduating from Parsons School of Design, Paris, and Goldsmith College in Fine Arts, London, he moves back to Beirut in 2000 and works in various fields such as writing, photography, painting, interior and object design. His different means of expression echo each other with puzzling hints. "A unique blend of oriental Charm, western Sophistication and middle-eastern Chaos", as a journalist once described Beirut itself.

PRESS
Review by Tom Lewis, 2008
Review by Matthew Pole, 1998

OTHER WORK
No Sex Please, We're Lebanese, a serie of 7 paintings by H. Fattal from 1994 to 1997.