Dubai’s Renowned Artspace Gallery Proudly Presents Hussein Madi’s Solo Exhibition
September 2015- ARTSPACE Dubai is pleased to announce that it will be showcasing a solo show of works by prominent Lebanese artist, Hussein Madi on September 15, 2015.
Born in 1938 in Chebaa, Lebanon, he lived between Rome and Beirut from 1973-1986. In 1986 he decided to stay permanently in Beirut. His art has been viewed by thousands of people around the world at such venues as the British Museum, the Venice Biennale and Tokyo’s Ueno Museum.
Madi’s joyful experiments in color and form have resulted in a unique body of work that relates to modern artists like Matisse and Picasso as well as to the principles of divine harmony that inform the abstract designs of Islamic art. Madi's work focuses on both figures and more abstract decorative works. Madi is known particularly for his delightful paintings of women, which are supposed to represent the daily life of ordinary women in Lebanese culture and society. These are of women both in the home and at leisure, whether relaxing on the beach, in their home clothes, or talking with their friends. His more abstract works are an extension of this as he paints leaves and natural vegetation as symbolism of life, beauty and happiness.
Whether in two or three dimensions, Madi’s lines sing with a spontaneous freedom that belies the careful, even exacting, calculations that the artist invests in each work. The combination of meticulousness and sensuality is everywhere evident in Madi’s work, inspired by his profound belief in “God’s universal order, in which everything is different and yet composed of the same cosmic elements.”
Located at the DIFC Gate Village in Dubai, ArtSpace was launched nine years ago by Managing Director Maliha Al Tabari, a BFA graduate with a minor in art history from the Otis College of Art and Design in California, and the Ringling School of Art and Design in Florida, the gallery is the forerunner in the promotion of contemporary Middle Eastern art in the country. Backed by Maliha’s family and independent collectors and investors, Artspace has championed the works of some of the Middle East’s most prolific and respected artists. The gallery was born from the gaping need for a platform to celebrate Middle Eastern Art. “Ever since I returned to Dubai, I noticed the lack of contemporary art, and was compelled to promote it in the country,” says Maliha. Managed by qualified and professional staff, all of which have rich backgrounds in the worlds of art and art consultancy, Artspace offers collectors access to some of the finest art and artists from the region.
Location : ARTSPACE, The Gate Village 3, DIFC,
Dubai, United Arab Emirates -
Opening : 7:00 pm
September 15 2015.