Lot 3, Saoud Abdallah - Anticipation - Shades vs Shapes - Paintings and Sculptures from the MENA - Auctions



Executed in: 2017

Medium: natural sand on canvas

Size: 95 x 180 cm

Signed in Arabic and dated 2017 on the front lower left


Private Collection, Lebanon.

This artwork is accompanied by a certificate of authenticity issued by Art on 56th Gallery


Beirut, Lebanon

Estimate €6,000 - €9,000


Hasaka-born Saoud Abdallah (Syrian, b. 1976) transforms the simple into the remarkable on his canvases. Abdullah ‘paints’ with natural materials such as grounded rocks and, most prominently, sand. His sparing use of shapes and colours in his compositional technique accentuates what is not present. He graduated in Damascus with a Bachelors of Fine Arts in 2005 and got his postgraduate diploma in 2006. The artist’s work has shown in his homeland several times as well as in Lebanon, London, Kuwait, and Italy. 

Anticipation (2017) depicts emblematic features of Saoud Abdallah’s work. Featuring an outline of the nude female body and strategic use of colour blocking techniques, the bareness and minimalism sensitises the viewer to every line, colour, and shape. Resting, or rather floating, the curved outlines ‘painted’ with natural sand appear to exist in a liminal space, a recurring motif throughout the artist’s body of work. 


"A Woman Defies Waiting", solo exhibition, Art on 56th Gallery, 2018

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