Friday, March 18th 2011, was the opening of the painting exhibition of Chucrallah Fattouh at the Haigazian University Art Center, the Matossian Gallery.
The exhibition featured 25 acrylic paintings of large size, displaying the artist’s unique and distinguished style. As the art critic Moussa M. Doumit states, “Chucrallah Fattouh’s paintings proudly bear his signature and focus, communicated through his colors.”
In these semi-abstract and figurative works, Fattouh tries to capture the truth that is hidden behind each person’s face and unveil it. He was particularly inspired by the faces of women, using strong colors to reflect his emotions. Pomegranate red is dominantly featured in four of his works.
One painting among the collection is an abstract of the Last Supper that integrates major symbols of Christianity.
This exhibition finally brings the artist back to Lebanon after having exhibited abroad for a period of time.
Chucrallah Fattouh was born in the coastal town of Monsef (Byblos). He joined the Faculty of Fine Arts at the National Institute of the Lebanese University, from where he graduated in 1983 with distinction. Since 1985, he has conducted over 150 collective and solo exhibitions in Lebanon, Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Tunisia, Paris, Cannes, Cyprus, Moscow, Montreal, Stockholm, Copenhagen, Virginia and Brazil.
During his most recent exhibition in London, he was honored with a medal by Queen Elizabeth II. His works are permanently displayed in many private collections of embassies, museums and banks and recently one of his paintings became part of the valuable David Rockefeller Art Collection.
“Unveiling the Truth” is in course until March 31, 2011.