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Renée Fawaz

Artist Painter

Fawaz's passion for painting started in her early childhood years. Her native village of Dhour Choueir was a natural living space for the artist to discover beauty. Mountains and valleys, pine trees, the scent of thyme and briars were the inspirations that stimulated her to cultivate her talent. Between 1982 and 1987 Fawaz enrolled in fine arts classes at the Lebanese American University of Beirut, where she developed her skills as a painter. She also took courses on the human figure with Paul Guiragossian.

Fawaz painted figure for many years in an expressionist fashion. Using vibrant colors, she expressed strong emotions, often contradictory, depicting images and experiences of everyday life. As her style and technique developed, the artist transcended the form. It was abstract art that helped her probe an inner world abounding with emotions. Her paintings were mostly based on classical music, combining rhythm, movement, and vibrations expressing joy at times and sorrow at others. The space and depth which characterize her paintings have been seen by many as poetic. Since 1989, Fawaz has participated in several group exhibitions both at home and abroad, among others, in Lebanon, at Art Deco. Gallery Epreuve d'Artiste, the Salons d'Automne of the Sursock Museum, the Deutsche Kulturzentrum, and abroad at the Centre Culturel Français in Saudi Arabia, Dubai and Kuwait. She is a member of the Lebanese Association of Painters and Sculptors. Most of her individual exhibitions like Le Chant de la Terre at Gallery Aida Cherfane, Les Oiseaux Deguisés and Peintures at Gallery Epreuve d'Artiste, and Song from Within at Gallery World of Art were based on musical themes. Renée Fawaz is also a pianist and a writer of prose.

Features Daily star, Saturday, March 1999 by Helen Khal

At Galerie Epreuve d'Artiste, Renée Fawaz orchestrates a full range of dense, energetic and vibrant color to produce abstract expressionist compositions that immediately hit the eye and stimulate the imagination. Whatever images of reality one may discover in these paintings, they are not intended by the artist herself. They arise from the viewer's capacity to decipher the abstract elements of color and form and bestow upon them his or her own personal meaning.

In this, her second solo exhibition, Fawaz continues to explore a technique in acrylics based on scraping up pieces of dried paint from her palette and collaging them into abstract compositions. In most of the paintings, which are small and executed on paper, she is a fauvist in color - every imaginable hue is there, and each variegated scrap of pigment pushes forward to upstage the other. Despite this chaotic mélange, many of the compositions remain strongly coherent, bubbling with life, but at times an excess of color stifles its expression, dimming its vitality.

Several pieces suggest that Fawaz may be moving toward a new style. In these, she deliberately goes minimal in both color and form, is less impulsively expressionistic in her application of pigment, and relies more on painting with a brush than collaged scrapings. The two large canvases included in the show are quite accomplished in brushwork and reveal a deliberate selectivity of color that gives further evidence of what I believe is a promising evolution in this artist's work.

Lebanon's character as shown in its art by Helen Khal
World of Art - 1997

Rene Fawaz is an extrovert in temperament. Applying bold patches of contrasting colour - light against dark, cool against warm - she composes happy abstraction that speak of visual excitement and discovery. In composition, he is strongly coherent. Through an organized interplay of advancing and receding forms, she succeeds in creating meaningful order and the spatial depth of concrete reality.
In her collages, Fawaz introduces an innovative material, consisting of thick peeling of dried acrylic paint that she lifts off her palette and adheres to the picture surface. The paint skin, in grayed tonalities sparked by an occasional speckle of bright colour, is an intriguing addition that further enhances the chromatic interest of the work.

Renée Fawaz… Chaque œuvre parle d'un état de tension et d'un battement de cœur
Sonia Nigolian

L'œuvre de Renée Fawaz s'interpose entre le regard et l'Espace. Elle oblitère le champ visuel à la manière d'une rempart. Nous sommes en face d'un assemblage de plans heurtés, contrastés, aux tonalités sourdes, crées par une artiste qui invente une poétique de l'abstraction.

Toute la peinture de cette créatrice n'est en rien le résumé de la fulgurance d'un instant et ne rejoint pas en cela, malgré la couleur et la lumière qui inondent le support, une pensée impressionniste témoignant de la sensation d'un moment. Dans chaque tableau-acrylique sur toile, sur papier ou dans ses mixed-medias - Renée Fawaz effectue une synthèse, résultat d'une sédimentation de plusieurs sentiments diffus en apparence, mais ressentis intensément, cristallisés et transcrits à la suite d'une longue réflexion.

Il n'est rien de statique dans cette peinture, ni d'isolé. L'artiste peint un monde en remous et en action, en perpétuel enfantement. Son monde dresse et emporte une gestuelle dynamique qui s'épanouit dans un éclatement contrôlé.

L'œuvre elle-même avec les superpositions de ses plans ou de ses taches, semble se distendre et appeler à un prolongement infini…

La dramatique ampleur des formes, l'intensité des tonalités sourdes et intenses à la fois qui ne cessent de s'accuser dans son travail, affirment la maitrise de l'artiste.

Il n'existe dans cette peinture aucune sensiblerie, mais une sensibilité dominée par la dignité d'une pensée qui pose comme postulat le devenir d'une œuvre d'art.

Une autre constante de son art relève, également, d'un attachement viscéral au paysage, à la nature et à ses mutations rythmant le cycle de la vie.

Les saisons passent mais reviennent indéfiniment, recréant ainsi un espace qui est une synthèse de l'homme et de la nature.

Les plans se détachent, deviennent sujets architectures et les collages s'y apposent, naturellement en contrepoint de cette expression et vision intime.

Dans la liberté des associations, la forme joue le jeu de l'esprit et l'œil s'en réjouit.

Ni ciel, ni terre, ni lointain, ni proches confins… L'horizon a disparu dans les régions sans identité, ni particularité dont l'artiste explore les dédales. De l'autre côté des terres connues… ''

La dualité en peinture ne recèle pas le sens ludique que l'on attribue, parfois, au double. La dualité, au contraire, en déjouant l'expression première, suscite le trouble parce qu'on a pu croire à la sérénité là ou le feu était embusqué.

Ainsi, en est-il des œuvres de Fawaz qui donne à voir un univers complexe ou ne transparait aucune priorité ni même une simple prédilection.

Les couleurs ocre, terre de Sienne, rouge-sang, bleu outremer fusionnent. La matière calme le jeu. Un éclair sabre les plans et des faisceaux de lumière les stigmatisent!

Caque peinture parle d'une implication, tant physique que mentale et d'un état de tension et d'un battement de cœur.

Ces œuvres renvoient leur énergie; elles sont de celles qui donnent mais prennent aussi, parce qu'elles résonnent différemment, mais forcement, en chacun de nous elles vivent.

Renée Fawaz nous convie à la galerie ''Epreuve d'artiste'' à une réflexion dont la dimension mystique n'est pas exclue.


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Contact: reneefawaz@gmail.com
Address: Hboub - Jbeil Byblos
Phone: 78 962102
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