Farah Atassi

Born in Brussels in 1981, Farah Atassi is one of the most noteworthy artists of a young generation of painters. She develops a figurative painting from an abstract painting vocabulary: her geometric shapes generate spaces where objects are staged. All of her paintings are based on the same plan: a geometric pattern covers the surface of the canvas and follows the lines of perspective, adding effects of improbable distortions and depth. These movements are reinforced by a thick, rough material, full of pentimenti that contrasts with the rigor of straight lines. The painter’s paintings meticulously combine, just like collages, anachronistic forms apparently contradictory, borrowed from sculpture, painting or the decorative arts. Through her absolute attachment to her medium, Farah Atassi invents a painting that is both conceptual and physical through staging that is always strange.