02 Paintings, The amorous game, Tayseer Barakat's The Hug and Love , Part 67 - With Footnotes

Tayseer Barakat, Palestinian, b. 1959
Love, c. 2020
Acrylic on canvas
23 1/5 × 29 1/2 in, 59 × 75 cm
Private collection

Tayseer Barakat, Palestinian, b. 1959
The Hug, c. 2020
Acrylic on canvas
31 1/10 × 25 1/5 in, 79 × 64 cm

Tayseer Barakat was born in Gaza in 1959 and completed his arts education in Alexandria, Egypt, in 1983. After completing his studies, he moved to Ramallah where he has since based – both teaching and creating art. Barakat has worked with a variety media and has experimented widely – with wood, metal and glass – and has become one of Palestine’s foremost artists working today. Painting remains his first love and he continues to work at a prolific rate, drawing on the artistic heritage of the region and its ancient influences.

Tayseer Barakat is one of Palestine’s preeminent artists whose practice has drawn inspiration from the ancient past and from the oral traditions and cultural narratives that are intimately tied to life in Palestine. Working primarily in paint, inks, and dyes, he uses a color palette that is often limited to monochrome tones, which imbues his works with a certain soberness. In Barakat’s words, the dark colors he uses “reflect the hardships of our time and our present life. I think the pressure on us makes us use dark colors.” More on Tayseer Barakat

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