• Hazem Harb, 29 Rome , 2006

    Rome Studies, 2006, Charcoal on Fine Art paper, 62 x 47 cm, 24 3/8 x 18 1/2 in

    Hazem Harb

    HAZEM HARB | UNPUBLISHED FIGURATIVE STUDIES 1 FEBRUARY - 31 MARCH 2021

    Harb is best known for his mixed-media art which employs an ever-evolving repertoire of mediums and techniques to interrogate notions of time and place in dialogue with his symbolically charged homeland yet drawing remains at the foundations of his practice. 

  • Harb is best known for his mixed-media art which employs an ever-evolving repertoire of mediums and techniques to interrogate notions of time and place in dialogue with his symbolically charged homeland yet drawing remains at the foundations of his practice. 

     

    While material and technique change at regular intervals, as Harb's practice evolves conceptually, the process of sketching is constant, a ritual and routine which he returns to each day. Starting his artistic career as a painter and honing his technical skills at The European Institute of Design in Rome, Harb has produced hundreds of drawings and paintings inspired by his time in Italy, which have remained private and personal to the artist until now. His figurative works - some favoured life models while others plucked from personal interactions - reveal an intimate connection with both charcoal and the human form. His distorted figures, some animated with unexpected rushes of colour, exhibit the artist’s admiration for the German School of Expressionism. Charged with emotion and raw human expression, these works offer an intimate insight into the crux of Harb’s practice; one that is loaded with ideas about identity and exhibits unwavering empathy for the human condition.

     

  • Hazem Harb speaks to Sabsay Gallery during lock-down, about the evolution of his practice and time spent in Rome

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  • Visual artist Hazem Harb’s trajectory, spanning several decades, maintains an unwavering dialogue with his symbolically charged homeland. Knowing that his...

    Visual artist Hazem Harb’s trajectory, spanning several decades, maintains an unwavering dialogue with his symbolically charged homeland.

     

    Knowing that his place of origin can never be just a ‘land’, the artist unleashes an ever-evolving repertoire of artistic techniques to negotiate a space which has been carved up and re-drawn many times. His art is at once subsumed in deep locality, fuelled by personal insight, and entangled in conversations that cannot be easily separated from the global arena.

     

    Much like the artists of the early twentieth century who, through the deployment of collage, healed from the trauma of the first world war by binding together everyday and artistic experiences; Harb succeeds in materialising complex and unfamiliar terrain. Operating as a researcher, by collecting and synthesising archives of rarified ephemera including photographs, negatives and maps, Harb mediates his materials in a manner which dismantles them from a static space. Through a process of collage, layered down with geometric precision, he stitches visual artefacts together and forms fresh constructions that invite unheard discourses and a historical rethinking.