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"Painting brings me an indescribable joy so much so that I sleep very little each day, and hurry to paint from the early hours of the morning when it is very calm, and I can paint in peace before Beirut comes alive. Painting is a blessing without which I don't know what I would have done to pass the time."
Born in Damascus in 1951, Ali Mourabet has lived in Beirut with his family for the greater part of his life. An architect since 1976, he has a long-running passion for designing buildings, and as a professional artist since 1977, a love for depicting scenes from Lebanon, and this is reflected in much of his work. Regarding both architecture and painting as forms of art, Mourabet is never without a pencil or a paintbrush in his hand and to this day continues to experiment with new processes and techniques, especially in more recent years, having freed up more time to focus on his fine art practice. The consistent theme running through Mourabet’s captivating paintings is their extremely vibrant colour palette. With many of his works presenting simplistic geometric shapes and architectural forms and others depicting everyday life in his immediate surroundings, Mourabet is continuously seeking to explore different styles and techniques, while at the same time remaining faithful to the subjects closest to his heart. Timothy Warrington of the International Confederation of Art Critics said of Ali’s work: “Ali Mourabet is a true artist, possessing a rare ability to stimulate viewers as he conveys artistic ideas that are communicated and encapsulated as a direct consequence of an inner journey that explores the very essence of beauty through shape, colour and the essential relationship between forms. Where he’s exhibited: Solo Exhibitions: 1988 Los Angeles, USA 1990 Spring Gallery, Saida, Lebanon 1991 AUB Alumni Club, Beirut, Lebanon 1991 Arab Cultural Club, Saida, Lebanon 1992 AUB Alumni Club, Beirut, Lebanon 1993 Galerie Shammas, Paris, France Selected Group Exhibitions: 1991 Omar Al Mukhtar Center, Lebanon 1994 Architects’ Syndicate, Lebanon 2019 Brick Lane Gallery, London, UK 2019 Brick Lane Gallery, London, UK 2019 New Artist Fair, Truman Brewery, London, UK 2019 Art Fair East, Sussex, UK 2021 No Naked Walls Gallery, Surrey, UKShow more Show Less