The hyperrealist still life compositions of Syrian artist Othman Moussa examine the poetic nature of everyday objects. The artist’s choice of subject matter—a lit cigarette, a Syrian clay pot or evil-eye ornaments – seek to focus attention upon the quiet, often overlooked, moments of Syrian society. They act as mediations on the subtle yet profound beauty that can be found away from the busy existence of modern day life.
In recent works the objects that occupy the center of the painting function as a satirical commentary on the current volatile situation in Syria, and on the ambitions and policies of today’s world leaders. A propane tank references leaders whose priorities are driven by the demands of the oil market; a baby doll stands in for hereditary and otherwise unqualified heads of State; and a headless plucked chicken mocks the cowardly cruelty of leaders who have deprived their people of basic necessities and human rights.
Born in 1974 in Zabadani, Syria, Othman Moussa lives and works in Damascus. Solo exhibitions include Ayyam Gallery DIFC, Dubai (2012); Ayyam Gallery Damascus (with Assad Arabi, 2009). Group exhibitions include Ayyam Gallery Al Quoz (2011).