Jad El Khoury
Born in 1988 in Baabda, Lebanon, Jad El Khoury is a street artist and interior architect living and working in Kuwait. He is best known for his fictitious characters, referred to as Potato Nose, which includes a series of doodled cartoon characters drawn in black outline with exaggerated yet simple features. The characters he draws are inspired by the people he has met through his travels or drawn from his imagination, yet they are always rooted in the broader socio-political context in which he works. His War Peace intervention saw El Khoury draw his large-scale across damaged buildings and architectural structures across Beirut, highlighting the bullet holes and destroyed infrastructure, at the same time reframing the residues of war with an alternative narrative – one that he hopes will bring joy rather than disaster.