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Artist of the Month: Anas Homsi
WHERE: Damascus born, currently lives in Beirut and on the way to spreading his wings in Berlin!
WHO: Syrian abstract artist and master of colourful palette and gestural brushstroke. Anas has exhibited internationally and his abstract works are on the way to wide recognition.
WHY: He likes to capture the atmosphere of a memory, of going back to childhood. His works are daydreams, where people are imaginary. His paintings are highly textured splashes and daubs of bright, almost luminous colours – topped with roughly sketched figures, which give paintings a notable 3D effect.
Anas Homsi’s works are quickly making their way to both young and established collectors’ homes. Each painting possesses a highly distinctive colour palette, figures and palpable story; it’s hard not to avidly follow what’s next for this young Syrian artist!
Here’s a little intimate insight in Anas Homsi…
You main source of inspiration is…
It is the unconscious.
If you had the chance to have dinner with any artist in our present or past who would it be? What would you ask him or her?
It would be Willem de Kooning. I would ask him about the almost tangible calm felt in his later works and how evident was the hustle and energy of his early works compared to later on in his life – what it was that precisely influenced these directions.
What do you do to relax?
Some solo oud or piano listening, a trip to the sea and a deep sleep.
What’s your favorite city in the world?
The Old City of Damascus.
How would you like to be remembered as an artist?
As an artist who deeply loved and respected his work.
Your art is…
The result of everything I see, hear and learn.