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Untitled 15

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Untitled 18

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The Tale of a Woman

Size/120 x 70 cm
Price/$3,850

Untitled 7

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Tarek Butayhi

Birth Year

Country of birth

Country of residence

1982

Syria

Syria

Artist’s Story

Tarek Butayhi, born in 1982, is a talented young Syrian artist / He graduated from the Faculty of Fine Arts Department of Painting in 2006 / He has held solo exhibitions in his homeland, Kuwait, Lebanon, and participated in various group exhibitions in Beirut, London, Istanbul, Montreal, and Cairo / In 2012, he participated in two auctions sponsored by Jusoor Foundation to support Syrian educational aspirations in Dubai and New York / Tarek‘s work, is characterized by its expressive content and spontaneity / The series «Figures of Women» are also an essential aspect of his paintings – he breaks stereotypical constraints of the female character through distinct representations in his paintings /

Full CV

Solo Exhibitions

2015 Artiform, Le pois penche, Montreal, Canada
2015 Art on 56th, Women on canvas 2015, Beirut, Lebanon
2013 Art on 56th, Women on canvas, Beirut, Lebanon
2011 Boushahri art gallery, Kuwait
2009 Dar Kalemat, Aleppo, Syria

Group Exhibitions

2015 Beirut Art Fair, Art on 56th, Beirut, Lebanon
2015 Collective 2015, Art on 56th, Beirut, Lebanon
2015 Art 15 London, «Emerging & Upcoming artists from Lebanon & the MEA» Art on 56th, London, UK
2014 Syrian Art auction101 works of Art for Syrian Children Refugees, Beirut, Lebanon
2014 Humanitarian Art Show «Syrian Art: of today», London, UK
2014 Art 14 London, Art on 56th, London, UK
2013 Contemporary Istanbul, Art on 56th, Istanbul, Turkey
2013 Gallery Kab, «World Peace Day, Kuwait
2014-13 Summer Collective Exhibition, Art on 56th, Beirut, Lebanon
2014-13 Beirut Art Fair , Art on 56th, Beirut, Lebanon
2012 Kettaneh gallery “Artist from Syria Today”, Beirut, Lebanon 2012 Mashrabiah art gallery, “Artist from Syria Today”, Cairo, Egypt
2012 Mustafa Ali gallery, “Small Painting”, Damascus Syria 2012 Kozah gallery, Damascus, Syria
2012 Auction sponsored by Jusoor Foundation to support Syrian educational aspirations. Dubai, UAE
2012 Auction sponsored by Jusoor Foundation to support Syrian educational aspirations. New York, USA
2011 Rewaq al Qeshla gallery “Sketch”, Damascus, Syria
2011 Subhi Shuaib gallery, Homs, Syria
2009 Dar Kalemat gallery, Aleppo, Syria
2009 Exhibition at the museum of modern art, sponsored by UNDP, Latakia, Syria
2009 Youth Exhibition, Damascus, Syria
2008 Exhibition at the Arab Cultural center in occasion of the international day for the elimination of violence against women, sponsored by UNDP Mezzah, Syria
2007 French cultural center, Graduates exhibition, Latakia, Syria
2006 French cultural center, Graduates exhibition, Damascus, Syria
2005-09 Cultural week for students, Golan, Syria

Career Highlights

  • Art15 and Art14 London, Emerging & Upcoming artists from Lebanon & the MEA, London, UK
  • Four solo shows across the Middle East
  • Artworks included in two auctions, organized by the Jusoor foundation to support Syrian educational aspirations
  • Woman on Canvas, 2015: “Butayhi’s vision of women appears completely unlike that of the old European masters. He represents his figures neither as idols nor embodiments of motherhood. “She is a woman of another kind,” Youssef Abdelleki, a colleague and countryman of Butayhi, wrote in the brief essay that introduces the exhibition, “sexy, glamorous and playful … A woman formed from the fantasies of men.” The Daily Star Lebanon, Magazine February 11, 2013. p16

Artist Statement

Tarek works in stages: he adds screaming, harsh, and crowded colors then he assigns the shape, and then spends the rest of the time straining to balance between noise and silence; this is done by coating large areas with a neutral color; to give the eye a moment of comfort to enjoy the high toned strokes of the initial colors. Women are the subject of his paintings. But not the romantic women we have come accustomed to see, not the mother nor the beloved, not the dignified virgin as in the Byzantine icons, and not the calm naked model as in the paintings of Courbet, not the farmer with a solid structure as depicted by Mahmoud Said, nor the salon lady as represented by Sargent, not even a miserable prostitute as portrayed by Rowe. She is a woman of another kind; sexy, glamorous and playful. A woman you dont see in your family or in your neighborhood. A woman formed from the fantasies of men. A woman that if seen once passing in a nightclub or a video clip you wont see again; your eyes wont touch her, your fingers will never see her. Lust is the engine that drives the artwork.