We are pleased to inform you that Art Circle will be hosting artworks by New-York based, Lebanese established artist Sumayyah Samaha.
The exhibition Sumayyah Samaha “Aesthetics: art and politics” takes place from June 3 to 24
Opening reception on Thursday, June 3, from 18:30 to 20:30
Born in Lebanon, Sumayyah Samaha receives her Bachelor of Arts from the American University of Beirut, and then pursues her Master’s degree at the University of Pittsburgh in 1965. Since then she works and lives in the United States, making of New York her home.
She holds several solo exhibitions in NYC and participates in numerous collective shows in the UK, the US, Poland, Lebanon and Kuwait. Her work is also part of various public collections, namely Pfizer Pharmaceuticals in New York, and Bank Audi in Beirut.
Many publications, such as Fayeq Oweis’ “Encyclopedia of Arab American Artists” and Helen Khal’s “Women Artists in Lebanon”, have included her work.
Having always worked with different media at the same time, Sumayyah Samaha’s show entitled “Aesthetics: art and politics” comprises oil on canvas works as well as mixed media and paper. Being an abstract painter, she deals with painting issues, focusing on drawing elements, color, weight, texture etc., never wanting to use art to express her feelings but rather to respond to her feelings. In most of her paintings, the picture plane is divided into 2 sections; she explains: “It seems to me that I am consistently trying to harmonize my two identities, that of Lebanese and American”.
A major shift in her work was triggered by the Israeli attack on Jenin in 2003. Since then, much of her work revolves around the Middle East: “Making art makes you survive wars,” says Samaha.
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