Mouteea Murad, ‘Trial No. 124, When We Got in Time Space’, 2016, Ayyam Gallery

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Murad has placed a greater emphasis on space and dimension in his paintings, drawing on the formalism of Op art. He uses the Fibonacci number sequence as a starting point for large-scale compositions. Murad’s recent canvases explore the growth patterns that result from the numerical series as he uses it to create a sense of movement and the illusion of expanding space. By doing so, he encourages the viewer to engage each work with a phenomenological sensibility.

Murad applies the Fibonacci series to grid-like patterns that partially conceal the interactions of polygons and lines, thus creating the illusion of depth. The artist’s grids are reminiscent of windows or screens that obscure a hidden realm. As the squares of the grids grow in size, Murad’s paintings appear to swell and contract in front of the viewer.

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About Mouteea Murad

Syrian, b. 1977, Homs, Syria, based in Sharjah - United Arab Emirates

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