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Shawki Youssef, It is a land brimful with the eyelashes of its dead, 2013, Mixed media on canvas, 155 x 495 cm
Shawki Youssef, It is a land brimful with the eyelashes of its dead, 2013, Mixed media on canvas, 155 x 495 cm
Shawki Youssef, Arab World Map, 2013, Mixed media on canvas, 200 x 333 cm
Shawki Youssef, Arab World Map, 2013, Mixed media on canvas, 200 x 333 cm
Shawki Youssef, Fragment  De-fragment, 2013, Mixed media on paper, 60 x 100 cm
Shawki Youssef, Fragment De-fragment, 2013, Mixed media on paper, 60 x 100 cm
Shawki Youssef, Variation 1, 2013, Mixed media on paper, 48 x 36 cm
Shawki Youssef, Variation 1, 2013, Mixed media on paper, 48 x 36 cm
Shawki Youssef, Variation 2, 2013, Mixed media on paper, 48 x 36 cm
Shawki Youssef, Variation 2, 2013, Mixed media on paper, 48 x 36 cm
Shawki Youssef, Variation 3, 2013, Mixed media on paper, 48 x 36 cm
Shawki Youssef, Variation 3, 2013, Mixed media on paper, 48 x 36 cm
Shawki Youssef, Variation 4, 2013, Mixed media on paper, 48 x 36 cm
Shawki Youssef, Variation 4, 2013, Mixed media on paper, 48 x 36 cm
Shawki Youssef, On the playfulness of structuring 1, 2013, Mixed media on paper, 100 x 70 cm
Shawki Youssef, On the playfulness of structuring 1, 2013, Mixed media on paper, 100 x 70 cm
Shawki Youssef, On the playfulness of structuring 2, 2013, Mixed media on paper, 100 x 70 cm
Shawki Youssef, On the playfulness of structuring 2, 2013, Mixed media on paper, 100 x 70 cm
Shawki Youssef, Arab world map - construct , re-construct, 2013, Mixed media on paper, 70 x 100 cm
Shawki Youssef, Arab world map - construct , re-construct, 2013, Mixed media on paper, 70 x 100 cm
Shawki Youssef, In that map are drafted with ribs, 2013, Mixed media on paper, 70 x 100 cm
Shawki Youssef, In that map are drafted with ribs, 2013, Mixed media on paper, 70 x 100 cm
Shawki Youssef, On humdrum killing, 2013, Mixed media on paper, 60 x 100 cm
Shawki Youssef, On humdrum killing, 2013, Mixed media on paper, 60 x 100 cm
Shawki Youssef, On the falsity of remorse, 2013, Mixed media on paper, 60 x 100 cm
Shawki Youssef, On the falsity of remorse, 2013, Mixed media on paper, 60 x 100 cm
Shawki Youssef, Angels Appetite, 2013, Mixed media on paper, 230 x 140 cm
Shawki Youssef, Angels Appetite, 2013, Mixed media on paper, 230 x 140 cm
Shawki Youssef, Organic Corners, 2013, Mixed media on canvas, 180 x 147 cm
Shawki Youssef, Organic Corners, 2013, Mixed media on canvas, 180 x 147 cm
Shawki Youssef, Sea Presence, 2013, Mixed media on canvas, 147 x 180 cm
Shawki Youssef, Sea Presence, 2013, Mixed media on canvas, 147 x 180 cm
Shawki Youssef, Untitled, 2010, Mixed media on canvas, 192 x 153 cm
Shawki Youssef, Untitled, 2010, Mixed media on canvas, 192 x 153 cm
Shawki Youssef, The Weight of Speed, 2011, Mixed media on canvas, 205 x 142 cm
Shawki Youssef, The Weight of Speed, 2011, Mixed media on canvas, 205 x 142 cm
Shawki Youssef, Shouting Fish, 2011, Mixed media on canvas, 167 x 140 cm
Shawki Youssef, Shouting Fish, 2011, Mixed media on canvas, 167 x 140 cm
Shawki Youssef, Borrowing Botticelli's delicacy, 2011, Mixed media on canvas, 134 x 97 cm
Shawki Youssef, Borrowing Botticelli's delicacy, 2011, Mixed media on canvas, 134 x 97 cm
Shawki Youssef, Untitled, 2011, Mixed media on paper, 76 x 56 cm
Shawki Youssef, Untitled, 2011, Mixed media on paper, 76 x 56 cm

Biography

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Attempting to create an uncensored stream from the unconscious to the canvas itself, Shawki Youssef tackles the physical performance of painting with an impulsiveness that is purposely never preconceived. Youssef’s anonymous bodies act as an illustration of the collective, of a society that has been affected by war, poverty and disease, and who the artist leaves — in a murderous mess — to put its individual pieces back together. Born in Beirut in 1973, Shawki Youssef received his BFA at the Lebanese University of Beirut in 1994, before going on to complete his MSc at St. Joseph’s University in 2007. Recent solo and group exhibitions include My Last Century Remains, Al Markhiya Gallery, Doha (2014); Acid Fields, Green Art Gallery, Dubai (2013); Le Corps Decouvert, the Institut Du Monde Arabe, Paris (2012); Rebirth: Lebanon 21st Century Contemporary Art, Beirut Exhibition Center, Beirut (2011); and Fluid Being, Green Art Gallery (2011). He lives and works in Beirut, Lebanon.
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