Samia Halaby

Growing Shapes: Aesthetic Insights of an Abstract Painter

This book documents a narrow part of painter Samia Halaby’s insights resulting from the practice of actively seeing the world and painting it. It is an explanation of how shapes evolved in her paintings beginning in the early 1980s. These ideas were recorded in a little sketchbook, which started as a reply to a question posed by a friend of the artist. The question was about shape not color and so it is that shape is the focus of this book even though one cannot really separate shape from color in painting as they cannot exist separately.