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530 West 25th Street, New York, NY  Tue - Sat, 11am - 6pm
530 West 25th Street
Tue - Sat, 11am - 6pm
Jean Lahoud
Forms and Formalities
Agora Gallery
530 West 25th StreetNew York,NY
  • LM01: Untitled
Acrylic on Canvas
39.5" x 39.5" 
  • LM08: Untitled
Acrylic on Canvas
39.5" x 31.5" 
  • LM07: Untitled
Acrylic on Canvas
39.5" x 39.5" 
  • LM10: Sitting in the Dark
Acrylic on Canvas
38.5" x 29" 
  • LM03: Catwalk
Acrylic on Canvas
39.5" x 39.5" 
Jean Lahoud

JEAN LAHOUD

Forms and Formalities
April 1 – April 21, 2016
Reception: Thursday, April 7, 2016 6-8 PM

Jean Lahoud's graphic paintings take abstract techniques and apply them to what he describes as “twisted realism.” This aptly-named style displays influence from traditional and indigenous artwork, Lahoud's architectural background, and a variety of modern art disciplines. The often chaotic paintings reflect this cosmopolitan influence, with Lahoud's bold and dramatic linework providing structure to the expressionist textures and fields of color. Additional contrasts between visible brushstrokes and intricate designs hint at collage and mixed media, as well as an almost punk sensibility.

In line with his paintings' more chaotic elements, Lahoud tends towards a colorful palette. Earth tones and organic bluish greens predominate, with frequent touches of vibrant oranges and reds standing out among them. Like his immaculate lines, Lahoud's colors are often separated with a razor-edged border with little blending, adding to the sense of rigidity and structure. This take on geometry tempers the cubist deconstructions and helps ground the paintings in Lahoud's subject matter. With these deconstructed but organic forms, Lahoud is able to capture the often chaotic nature of day-to-day life.

     



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