About his work
Primarily inspired by the political violence of Lebanon, Ghassan Ghazal has developed a complex and colorful vocabulary of symbols in which function is more often than not altered with the aim to produce allegory, or agony through allegory, depending on the circumstances. A former exile from the Lebanese Civil War, Ghazal found himself at home in Canada where his former traumatic experiences were translated into an academic degree in fine art. Ghazal painted the bullets and the airplanes, the roadblocks and the shells, with a certain conspicuous innocence, attempting to liberate himself from the terror of holding on to immediate experience. Recreating anecdotes and vivid memories, he searches for a place of calm and solitude, but with a strange mystical pointer. In his later works, blurring the lines between installation and painting, he is not only forcing the objects of war to undergo a metamorphosis of meaning but he is also searching a safer abode in spiritual traditions, through a conceptual language that reveals his interest in the classical works of modern art in the 20th century. In his new found conceptual language, he investigates the limits of painting, experimenting with a pictorial reading of the Koran in Braille, articulating a more mature message of equilibrium and solace.
Ghassan Ghazal was born in Lebanon in 1961. He had lived in Canada from 1979 through 2006. He holds a master's degree in visual arts from the University of Quebec in Montreal (UQAM). At present, Ghazal is an instructor in fine arts at the Lebanese American University. His visual and conceptual vocabulary emerged through his multidisciplinary practices spanning across painting, sculpture, installations, and performances. Recipient of numerous prizes, Ghazal held different solo and group exhibitions such as (In)Tolerance 2012, “Clin d’oeil” 2014, at Galerie Janine Rubeiz, and his work was showcased in numerous art fairs, auctions and museums including the Museum of Quebec in Canada in 1995, Art Dubai 2012, 2013 and Beirut Art Fair 2014 with Galerie Janine Rubeiz where his work is permanently exhibited.Ghassan passed away Earlier this year.