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The Giant Peasant


MEDIUM

Acrylic on Canvas

DIMENSIONS (H x W)

47 x 40 in
119 x 100 cm

ARTWORK LOCATION

Artplex Gallery

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The subjects in Syrian artist Mohamad Khayata's thoughtful illustrative folk paintings are evocations of sentiments and memories. Born in Damascus, Syria, Khayata was forced to flee his home country due to mounting conflict. His paintings convey an array of emotions, ranging from bliss and comfort to tension and uncertainty. Many of his paintings portray a sense of transience, which is all the more palpable when considering that Khayata's intimate work is a tribute to displaced people; mothers and workers, and to their daily life stories that, far from familiar surroundings, are filled with effort and hope.

This figurative painting created with acrylic on canvas is 47 inches tall by 40 inches wide. It is signed and dated by the artist on the front and back of the canvas. This painting is stretched, wired and ready to hang. Free local Los Angeles area delivery and professional installation, including placement and hardware. Affordable Continental U.S. and worldwide shipping. A certificate of authenticity issued by the art gallery is included with this original work.

This artwork is also part of a new photographic series by the artist, in which Khayata's illustrative paintings are strategically placed to mingle with people and the environment. These paintings amass a memorial narrative; connecting the artist and the viewer to the rich cultural heritage of Syria and the larger narrative of what it means to be home.

Khayata’s has been living in Beirut, Lebanon since 2012. His work is a resounding call for transformation and unity within his home country. His photography project "Stitching my Syria back" was chosen to be part in Journeys Festival International 2016 as a landmark for the “Look up” project in Leicester, where his photographs were installed on ten buildings. In the last five years, Khayata also participated to ten collective exhibitions across Europe and the Middle East. Holding his BA in Fine Arts obtained at Damascus University, Khayata is a bastion of Syrian legacy, memory, home, and happiness.


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Mohamad Khayata

Bits and pieces are stitched together in the thoughtful compositions of Syrian artist Mohamad Khayata to develop artworks of displacement, transition, and commonality. Born in Damascus, Syria, Khayata was forced to flee his home country due to ongoing conflict. He has been living since 2012 in Beirut, Lebanon. His artworks portray a civilization wrapped in homemade blankets of memory and water; a history wrought by war and conflict where families reach out to touch their former lives.

Khayata’s artworks are the result of five years of displacement; working around the concept of migration, memory and identity. His work is a tribute to displaced people; mothers and workers, and to their daily life stories that, far from familiar surroundings, are filled with effort, hope and serene melancholy. Khayata’s work is reminiscent of his mother’s madeh, a homemade patchwork quilt made from clothing that became the inspiration for his documentary photography series “Stitching My Syria Back,” and is a symbol that can be witnessed in all of his work.


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