Year of birth: 1975
Country of birth: Syria
Residence: United Kingdom.
2010 - 2014 Aberystwyth University, School of Art, UK. PhD Fine Art.
2004 - 2007 Central Academy of Fine Arts, Beijing, China. MA Fine Art
1998 - 2000 Damascus University, Faculty of Fine Arts. P.G. Higher Diploma.
1994 - 1998 Faculty of fine arts, Damascus University BA (Hons) Fine Arts.
2015 ABERYSTWYTH PRINTMAKERS 10th ANNIVERSARY Exhibition, MOMA Wales
2014 CURRENT: BRIDGING POST DIGITAL TECHNOLOGIES- The Southern Graphics Council Conference in San Francisco, California, USA.
2013 ART AT WHAREPUKE INTERNATIONAL PRINT SHOW, New Zealand.
2013 ABERYSTWYTH PAPER PRESS PRINT, Gas Gallery, Aberystwyth, UK.
2013 UNFOLD – (Contemporary Artists’ Books & Book Design Exhibition), London Print Studio Gallery.
2013 IMPACT 8 – (The International Printmaking Conference & Exhibition), Dundee, Scotland.
2013 OXFORD-PRIDE ART & DESIGN FESTIVAL, The Jam Factory Arts Centre, Oxford, UK
2013 MIXED BORDERS & HYBRID IDENTITIES, International ArtExpo, Riccione. Italy.
2013 ROYAL INSTITUTE OF PAINTERS IN WATER COLOURS ANNUAL EXHIBITION, MALL GALLERIES, London
2013 IMPRESS 2013 International Print Festival, Stroud, UK.
2013 Noah’s Art: ‘ANIMAL OPEN’ Exhibition, Orleans House Gallery, London, UK.
2013 THE CONTEMPORARY ART EXHIBITION, Atkinson Gallery, Somerset, UK.
2012 THE NEW ENGLISH ART CLUB EXHIBITION, Mall galleries London, UK.
2012 SUNDERLAND BOOK PROJECT, Newcastle UK.
2011 HONG KONG GRAPHIC ARTS FIESTA 2011, Hong Kong, China.
2010 THE 4TH INTERNATIONAL ART ON PEACE BIENNIAL EXHIBITION, President Villa Beijing, China.
2007 DISCOVER ZHEJIANG ART EXHIBITION, Hang Zhou, China.
2006 CAFA Lights Annual Exhibition, Beijing, China.
2016 ‘THE FOURGUARDIANS OF THE SKY’ the Portico Library, Manchester, UK
2016 Artists’ Books Exhibitions in the Bower Ashton Library cases, UWE, Bristol, UK
2014 ‘SYNTHESIS OF EASTERN AND WESTERN REFLECTIONS: The Four Guardians of the Sky’ a PhD Exhibition, School of Art, Aberystwyth University, UK
2009 ‘HUMAN BEING & NATURE’ National Art Gallery, Damascus, Syria
2007 ‘JOURNEY TO THE WEST STORY’, CAFA art Gallery, Beijing, China
2005 ‘ORIENTAL REFLECTIONS’ Yang Huang Art Gallery, Beijing, China.
2001 ‘FOLK MOTIVES’ National Art Gallery, Cairo, Egypt.
Where location works (museums, private collections)
2014 Padre Pio House, Ireland
2013 Victoria & Albert Museum, London, UK.
2007 JORDAN Art School, Hangzhou, China
2006 Central Academy of Fine Arts, Beijing, China
2005 Syrian Embassy, Beijing, China.
2002 Ministry of Cultural Affairs, Damascus, Syria
Phoenix - the Hybrid Bird
Laser wood engraved and cut paper, 30 x 21 cm, 2013
The Phoenix book consists of five pages folded against each other like an accordion. Two paper-cut pages and three wood-engraved sheets cut into bars resemble the traditional Chinese threaded engraved bamboo slip book. The paper-cut design of the first page represents the Phoenix as the bird of fire, while the other paper-cut design is a composition of Arabic calligraphy using the two words ‘Phoenix Bird’ in the form of a phoenix.
Laser cut and engraved paper, 60 x 120cm
A view of the book when the pages are folded. The pages on the left and the right can be overlaid on to other pages. The upper and lower pages of the middle part can be rested to each other hierarchically over the laser-engraved pages in the middle.
Turtle book I & II
Top: This book consists of six accordion-folded pages that were cut from double-sided coloured paper. Three pages of the book contain paper-cut designs derived from the Cursive and Regular script of Chinese characters for the word ‘turtle’, while the other sheets are marbled paper, each 12 x 17 cm.
Bottom: Turtle Book II
Paper cut and laser engraving, each 12 x 17 cm.
Laser cut and engraved paper, 30 x 75 x 34 cm, 2013.
This book consists of a single sheet of paper containing three cut out spiral designs representing the coiled body of the dragon which has a scaly texture formed by cut-out symbols. Each of these spirals is seen against a pattern of etched curves resembling waves of water; lines that are derived from Japanese marbled paper pattern. The sheet has then been folded and set in the middle of the bound book cover and placed on a handmade folding hinged bookstand made from a single plank of wood.