Mouteea Murad, ‘Trial No 130, First Magical Numbers Game’, 2016, Ayyam Gallery

Threholds, Ayyam Gallery Dubai, 2016

The artist has placed a greater emphasis on space and dimension in his paintings, drawing on the formalism of Op art. 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.

About Mouteea Murad

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

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