After months of renovations, Lawrie Shabibi is reopening with a show by the pioneering Lebanese American artist Nabil Nahas — who was actually the first artist Lawrie Shabibi exhibited, back in 2011.
Nahas looks like a great choice. Noted as a master of colour, texture and atmosphere, Nahas takes his inspiration from a diverse range of influences – especially nature, and the geometric and chromatic qualities of Arabic art. His best known series are his thickly encrusted starfish and fractal paintings, built up by layer upon layer of acrylic mixed with pumice and finished in vivid colours; and his landscapes, expressive portraits of cedars, olive trees and palms that reconnect him with the places of his childhood.
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