Mark Hachem Gallery, Beirut is pleased to present “Some of Me” a solo exhibition by the Lebanese artist Nazar Mouchilian. Through a series of portraits, the artist invites the viewer to embark on a personal journey of self-discovery. Each portrait is a milestone in Mouchilian’s experimental mission, which reflects his personal views, techniques and approaches.
Nazar paints frontal and profile views, reducing facial features to single lines and sharp corners, presenting multiple perspectives of the same subject, each with its own narrative. The apparent flat outlines that dominate the artworks seem simultaneously hinting and resisting the illusion of depth. His portraits are prominently masculine, the nose noticeably phallic appears as a major feature arguably depicting a Mediterranean nose. Mouchilian considers that we are all the result of a fusion of individual features scattered around that ultimately merge into the self, defining the individual. “Some of Me” is the interpretation of this belief.
Born in Beirut in 1966, Nazar Mouchilian ventured into the world of art at an early age, he embarked through his artistic journey in search for his own identity. He was fascinated by the complexity of the human organism and inspired by its representations in different schools, especially in pointillism and fractal art. Nazar was particularly influenced by Rothko’s audacity, Soulages’s black colors and Ryman’s variations of white. He experimented with repetition and pure forms in search for his own unique identity.
The year 2010 was a turning point in the artist’s life when, after a long introspective journey, Nizar decided to sign his work as "Nazar", his birth name and his true identity. The artist finally assumed who he truly was. While the quest still continues, the artist is now translating his emotions and experiences into his own voice and very personal narrative.