HAMMOUD CHANTOUT “HUMAN PORTRAITS”
15 September – 7 October 2015a portarit for a man's face
Opening Reception September 15th from 6pm – 8 pm
Syra Arts is pleased to present for the first time in the US. Syrian artist, Hammoud Chantout. Chantout was born January 1956 in a tiny village east of Aleppo in Syria. He studied at both the Faculty of Fine Arts in Syria and at the Beaux Arts National School in Paris. Painting on all kinds of different surfaces, he transforms realistic subjects into ones of imagination, full of color and light. Throughout the years, the atmosphere in his work has changed from dark scenes embroidered with thin beams of light to legendary scenes full of light scattered with figures. The mural concept is often present in his artwork through techniques, and materials. His canvases depict lonely figures and faces in empty spaces often evoking a sense of sadness, solitude, purity, sincerity and Sufism. Chantout has held several solo exhibitions in Syria, the MiddleEast, Canada and Europe. He currently resides in Lebanon as recent instability has forced him and his family to leave his beloved war torn Syria. Unfortunately due to the fact that his visa to the US was refused, he was unable to attend the opening of his exhibition.