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Home * Shooting Stars & Wings (A Ten Year Odyssey 2014 – 2024)

 

Opens Tuesday, 23 April 2024
Running until 4 June 2024

A solo exhibition
Works by Maysaloun Faraj

al markhiya Gallery is honoured to present this solo exhibition of works by London-based artist May­saloun Faraj. Showcasing carefully selected paintings from a dec­ade-long artistic journey, Faraj’s exploration of order, harmony, color, and geometric form spans various mediums, including drawing, painting, ceramics, and sculpture. Rooted in an aesthetic shaped by architectural discipline, her complex body of work weaves references across cultures and eras, bridging the gap between east and west, ancient and contemporary.

Born in Los Angeles, California in 1955 to Iraqi parents, Maysaloun Faraj’s path led her to Iraq in 1968, where she earned a BSc in Architecture from Baghdad University in 1978. In 1982, she moved to London with her husband, architect Ali Mousawi, later residing in Paris before returning to London to raise her family and pursue further art education. Faraj’s residency at the Cite Internationale des Arts in Paris from 2015 to 2018 reignited her interest in geomet­ric abstraction, leading to a series of paintings influenced by pioneers like Kazimir Malevich, El Lissitzky, Sonia Delaunay, and Josef Albers.

The past ten years covers a rich period of artistic creativity starting with the ‘Flying Without Wings’ (2014) in response to the war on Gaza, ‘Bird Symphony’ and ‘Birds & Homelands’ in response to mass migration (2016/17), and geometric abstraction embodied in the series titled ‘Shooting Stars: Baghdad to Paris’ made during her art residency in Paris (2018).

Faraj’s oeuvre reflects a careful contemplation of universal themes: love, homeland, the human experience, compassion, spirituality, and the transient nature of existence. Her work, housed in prestigious international public collections, exemplifies a rich tapestry of artistic expression. Maysaloun Faraj currently resides and works in London.

Maysaloun Faraj
Pink Curtain
Oil pigment on canvas
160 x 140 cm
2023

Maysaloun Faraj
Hope I
Oil pigment on paper
41 x 29 cm
2022

Maysaloun Faraj
Hope II
Oil pigment on paper
41 x 29 cm
2022

Maysaloun Faraj
Hope V
Oil pigment on paper
41 x 29 cm
2022

Maysaloun Faraj
Hope III
Oil pigment on canvas
41 x 29 cm
2022

Maysaloun Faraj
In My Home Are Many Homes
Oil pigment on paper
160 x 140 cm
2023

Maysaloun Faraj
Flying Without Wings VII
Acrylic on wood cutout
130 x 79 cm
2014

Maysaloun Faraj
Flying Without Wings III
Acrylic on wood cutout
121 x 151 cm
2014

Maysaloun Faraj
Flying Without Wings VI
Acrylic on wood cutout
170 x 122 cm
2014

Maysaloun Faraj
HOME 30
Acrylic on gesso primed paper
30 x 23 cm
2020

Maysaloun Faraj
HOME 31
Acrylic on gesso primed paper
30 x 23 cm
2020

Maysaloun Faraj
HOME 29
Acrylic on gesso primed paper
30 x 23 cm
2020

Maysaloun Faraj
Table of Light
Oil pigment on canvas
30 x 40 cm
2022

Maysaloun Faraj
Alhamdulilah al-Salama (HOME 66)
Oil on canvas
125 x 90 cm
2021

Maysaloun Faraj
HOME 54
Acrylic on gesso primed paper
24.5 x 18 cm
2020

Maysaloun Faraj
HOME 40
Acrylic on gesso primed paper
25.5 x 18.5 cm
2020

Maysaloun Faraj
Alamak: Shooting Stars
Acrylic on canvas
73 x 60 cm
2018

Maysaloun Faraj
Deneb: Shooting Stars
Acrylic on canvas
41 x 33 cm
2018

Maysaloun Faraj
Algol: Shooting Stars
Acrylic on canvas
41 x 33 cm
2018

Maysaloun Faraj
Achernar: Shooting Stars
Acrylic on canvas
92 x 73 cm
2018

Maysaloun Faraj
Adhafera: Shooting Stars
Acrylic on canvas
35 x 27 cm
2018

Maysaloun Faraj
Altair: Shooting Stars
Acrylic on canvas
35 x 27 cm
2018

Maysaloun Faraj
HOME2 24
Acrylic on gesso primed paper
40 x 30 cm
2021

Maysaloun Faraj
HOME2 26
Acrylic on gesso primed paper
40 x 30 cm
2021

Maysaloun Faraj
HOME 37
Acrylic and pencil on paper
33 x 24 cm
2020

Maysaloun Faraj
HOME 15
Acrylic on gesso primed paper
28 x 22 cm
2020

Maysaloun Faraj
Home of Hope II
Oil pigment on canvas
60 x 50 cm
2022

Maysaloun Faraj
The Orange
Oil pigment on canvas
140 x 160 cm
2022

Maysaloun Faraj
Home of Hope I
Oil pigment on canvas
60 x 50 cm
2022

Maysaloun Faraj
HOME 52
Acrylic on gesso primed paper
24.5 x 18 cm
2020

Maysaloun Faraj
HOME 57
Acrylic on gesso primed paper
24.5 x 18.5 cm
2010

Maysaloun Faraj
HOME 15
Acrylic on gesso primed paper
24 x 18 cm
2020

Maysaloun Faraj
HOME 20
Acrylic on gesso primed paper
24 x 18 cm
2020

Maysaloun Faraj
HOME Sunflowers 06
Acrylic on gesso primed paper
24 x 20 cm
2020

Maysaloun Faraj
Intersections II
Acrylic on gesso-primed plaster gauze on foam board
67 x 48 cm
2019

Maysaloun Faraj
Intersections I
Acrylic on gesso-primed plaster gauze on foam board
100 x 100 cm
2019

Maysaloun Faraj
HOME2 30
Acrylic on gesso primed paper
28 x 22 cm
2021

Maysaloun Faraj
Bird III
Crank clay with white titanium glaze
25 x 47 x 4 cm
2017

Maysaloun Faraj
Bird IV
Crank clay with white titanium glaze
25 x 47 x 4 cm
2017

Maysaloun Faraj
Bird II
Crank clay with white titanium glaze
16 x 52 x 6 cm
2017