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Oussama Baalbaki (Lebanese, b. 1978)
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Oussama Baalbaki (Lebanese, b. 1978)

Untitled (Landscape)

Oussama Baalbaki (Lebanese, b. 1978)
Untitled (Landscape)
signed in Arabic and dated '011' (lower left)
acrylic on canvas
59 x 59in. (150 x 150cm.)
Painted in 2011
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Lot Essay

The first appearance that inspired Oussama Baalbaki artistically was the visual image of the world, with all the condensed material that is included together with the virtual and spiritual meanings to each of the images.

His artistic research is about the imagery outcome that protrudes as a mental inner image from the relationship between a visual registered reality and a visual memory. This research triggers his creativity to paint by keeping distant from any influence or pre judgmental thoughts. He works with a great amount of concentration in total isolation. By doing this, each new idea is the result of an interval contemplation that goes with poetry readings, and condensed visits to flash back imageries, events from another time gone by.

This is a very special vast landscape with the signature monochrome palette that became Oussama Baalbaki's trademark. He painted a grand landscape sunk in deep silence, with extreme softness, peace, and interiority without forgetting to remind us of the presence of the human being, of the machinery that became one with the bushes. The light in this neutral shaded canvas is there to conceal, and not to reveal. The car is well hidden, he wants to eliminate its presence completely, form a mass memory where this machine symbolizes terror, sadness, explosions, and suicide killing in his country, Lebanon. The car here is very subtle in a desperate trial to make peace with the existence. His painting covers one mass without a beginning or an end; it is an open space and natural theatre where he depicts all this strong sense of freedom yet traps himself in it with past images that are not yet exiting from his memory; a play with the destiny of the time, images, space and a search for a cure.

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