Lebanese artist Mohammed Shamsuddin’s art clearly reflects how his life was in the early stages – a world turned upside down.
The destruction of his country through war impacted Shamsuddin’s perception of art, leading him to create a unique style which portrays space above and earth below.
“I reversed the concept of the sky above and the earth beneath,” he said.
When his village, al-Bazoureya, was occupied by Israeli forces, Shamsuddin had to leave for the capital, Beirut, where he studied at the School of Fine Arts. Soon after, the artist travelled to Paris, France to enhance his academic experience.
While the artist had the opportunity to start afresh in the French capital, he chose to return to his village.
“I had the freedom to stay there, yet I came back because of my old failed dreams,” he said.
Shamsuddin focused on abstractionism, and tossed nature and human portraits aside.
“I took refuge with the abstractionist style as it is more challenging. I made an escape from nature and man, yet soon I realized that nature is very rich, but not man,” he said.
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