Beings: Houssam Ballan

30 April - 30 May 2018

Figurative painter Houssam Ballans canvases are informed by his accomplished technical abilities and through his extensive academic and research endeavour. As an artist, Ballans frequent experimentation informs the growth in his work as he works intuitively. In his earlier paintings, Ballans young protagonists are executed with close attention to detail, a form of realism that relies on painterly effects and meticulous line work to create a sculptural sense of figuration. As the bodies of his subjects are given dimensionality, the artist renders their clothes as lines, patterns, and evident brushstrokes with a stylisation that alludes to the passage of time and the presence of an ongoing narrative.