Walid El Masri
Walid El Masri was born in Syria in 1979. Prior to receiving his BA from the Faculty of Fine Arts, Damascus in 2005, he studied mosaic-making. He was selected to take part in the Darat Al-Funun in Amman, Jordan, during which he studied with expressionist Syria painter Marwan Kassab-Bachi. His paintings of abstracted domestic objects, such as chairs, turns the familiar and comfortable into an object of uncertainty and discomfort, through animated brushstrokes and his acerbic colour palette. El Masri’s preoccupation with a singular object, invites a reflection on the possibility of transformation and subjectivity. His more recent body of work is preoccupied with Syria’s current political shifts and the transformative effects of conflict on a nation and its people, which is symbolized through his paintings that chart the life cycle of a butterfly cocoon. Walid El Masri has held numerous solo exhibitions, including Ayyam Gallery London (2014), Europia Gallery Paris, France (2014), Ayyam Gallery Jeddah, Saudi Arabia (2013), Ayyam Gallery DIFC, Dubai, UAE (2012), Art Beijing Contemporary Art Fair, China (2009), Art Hong Kong Art Fair, China (2009) and Ayyam Gallery Damascus, Syria (2008).