Archives 2nd half of 2013
Nabil Nahas brings his inimitable sense of scale, opulence, and sheer sumptuousness back to Dubai this November with a second solo exhibition at Lawrie Shabibi. Focusing this time on his three-
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Exhibition 17 November 2013 -
Nahas' heavily encrusted "Fractals" are built up of ground pumice and acrylic and finished in psychedelic tones. The name Fractals refers to Benoit Mandelbrot 's theory of fractal geometry, formulated in the mid-
Ostensibly abstract at first sight, imperceptibly Nabil Nahas' paintings sidestep the parameters of abstract art. His paintings are literal—his images are always taken from something and often infer movement and refer to a moment in time.
Varying considerably in size and colour, his "Fractals" evoke a variety of scales and moods. The smallest of them are like windows into an underwater world of coral reefs, whilst the larger works overpower the viewer like the encrusted surface of a leviathan. Subtle variations in tone and colour ripple across their mottled surfaces like the dappled light of tropical waters along the seabed. Their surfaces imitate the encrustations seen in the natural world. The extraordinary Kind of Blue, a large-
Whilst Nahas sees his Fractal paintings as representations of the phenomenal world on a microcosmic scale, his Galactic paintings engage with it on more of a scale that seems more macrocosmic. Rather than the all-
About Nabil Nahas
Nabil Nahas is Lebanon's most renowned artist, having established himself before the current heightened interest in contemporary art of the Middle East, first in New York art circles as a master of colour, texture and atmosphere. Although thoroughly schooled in Western abstract painting, Nahas takes his inspiration from a diverse range of influences, most significantly nature, and occasionally Islamic art, in particular its abstract geometric and chromatic qualities.