IHAB AHMAD SELLING EXHIBITION
1 JANUARY – 31 JANUARY 2020
“Art does not reproduce what we see; rather it makes us see.”
-Paul Klee (1879-1940)
Ihab Ahmed’s work is diverse. In addition to acrylic and collage on canvas, he creates metal sculptures and wood furniture with a contemporary flare. Ihab developed a symbiotic relationship with his intriguing natural symbols such as fish, eyes, trees, and man-made symbols like patterns and geometric forms, all of which emerged as an intense and bright abstraction.
Born in Beirut in 1983, Ihab graduated from the Lebanese University with a degree in Visual Communication. He has led several workshops in silkscreen printing, painting and drawing and in 2016 he founded the Beirut Art Studio, a space dedicated to teaching art to children and adults.
This connection is entrenched in his determination to defy his childhood memories of war. His joyful art and affinity with color became a refuge as well as a powerful message of optimism. Every work has the potential to reveal the artist’s psyche and ultimately transcends it. The symbols elaborated on his canvas trigger the imagination of the viewer, a dialogue with the surreal, and an open-ended horizon of contemplation and decoding. Once a sensitivity or curiosity is established with regards to “reading” art, every work studied has the potential to unfold and tell us about the artist, time, and culture in which the work was made, and, ultimately, about ourselves.