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Even when the water is cold IX,

Oil on canvas 120.0 × 80.0 cm

Marwan Sahmarani channels a powerful freedom of gesture, utilising brushstrokes and substantial impasto to evoke raw and vibrant energy. In this particular piece, the focus shifts towards the presence of blue, symbolising water and becoming the central theme of the painting. The negative space is thoughtfully adorned with abstract shapes, introducing a sense of movement and providing a stark contrast against the captivating blue backdrop.

Marwan Sahmarani

About the Artist

Marwan Sahmarani (b. 1970, Beirut) lives and works between Beirut and the small Mediterranean mountain village of Tarbena, Spain. His textured paintings of powerful, robust brushstrokes, thick layers of paint and vibrant colours, serve as a poignant reflection of Lebanon’s enduring political turmoil. Sahmarani looks to the cyclical patterns of violent history in the Middle East, his works pure expressions of violence, through gesture and movement. Recent landscapes are more mediative in character, and yet share a monumental, pure elemental force.

Marwan Sahmarani has had several solo and group exhibitions in Europe, North America, and the Middle East, and was a winner of the Abraaj Group Art Prize in 2010.

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