“Mr. Bechara’s work is based on a grid structure. But he gives it a twist, creating the illusion of rapid movement and depth through fields of tiny squares of colors in ever-so-subtle variations. The end results are optical paintings that convincingly suggest pixilated television imagery.”
— Benjamin Genocchio, New York Times
Tony Bechara’s abstract paintings are based on principles of color usage, organization and randomness. 38 Colors (2016) is part of a body of work in which each painting is constructed with a predetermined number of colors, systematically distributed but randomly applied in small squares of acrylic paint. The process is mechanical, obsessive, and time-consuming, yet the final work is a play of light and color that creates an illusion to better question representation, the visual, and ultimately visibility itself.
Bechara has had solo exhibitions internationally for over four decades, and he has participated in group exhibitions at the Whitney Museum of American Art, P.S.1, Artists Space, El Museo del Barrio and many others.
—Courtesy of ICI
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