This exhibition puts on view a wide selection of paintings by Oussama Baalbaki, some previously unseen, which were produced between 2010 and the present day. In doing so, this show seeks to defend Baalbaki’s artistic position as primarily grounded in the observation and painting of contemporary life. Running counter to a thematic exhibition wherein the theme precedes the work, Baalbaki presents a compilation of works that are not immediately unified by a singular idea or concept. They are symptomatically related after the fact in their function as commentary on the artist’s sociopolitical reality.
Oussama Baalbaki was born in the village of Odeisse in the South of Lebanon in 1978. He graduated from the Institute of Fine Arts at the Lebanese University in 2002. He has participated in group exhibitions in numerous institutions, including the Sursock Museum in Lebanon, as well as abroad, in the cities of Abu Dhabi, Dubai, London, Miami, Munich, New York, and Washington. His solo exhibitions include Paintings in Black (2004) at Dar El Nadwa, Scenes of Isolation (2007) at Safana Gallery, and Less smoke, and more… (2009), Rituals of Isolation (2011), and Pleadings of the Light (2017) at Agial Art Gallery, as well as Shadows of Gloominess (2014) at Tanit Gallery hosted in collaboration with Agial Art Gallery. In 2009, he won the silver medal for painting at the “Jeux de la Francophonie”. Baalbaki lives and works in Beirut.
Against the Grain
13 July - 25 August, 2018