The exhibition Ouverture(s) presents a set of three works of the Lebanese artist: a large painting on canvas and two preparatory drawings of 1995, which joined the collections of the gallery in 2005 and are exhibited for the first time in Lebanon in 2015. This very singular painting, in the artist work, belongs to the period “birds” (1993-2001), but represents a landscape. It is treated with pigments and acrylic binders on paper mounted on canvas and it measures 195 x 260 cm; this is the largest size painted to date by the artist.
“Some will be seduced , as I was, by an adventurous sense of composition, by a stubborn refusal of flattering colors, by a touch and a matter of incredible richness and simplicity, in short, by a true painter temperament and let go the term, a real talent. » This is what Harry Bellet wrote in the preface of Fadia Haddad exhibition catalog with Alice Mogabgab Gallery at Art Brussels in 2001.
Under a rain of white paint, a bird haloed with dark black hovers over plowed fields, scorched earth. Before him, a gray rainbow sky is struck by lightning. And the bird, approaching the red celestial shape, is preparing its own downfall. The Fall of Icarus, the bird-man enamored of space and freedom…