The Textural, Biomorphic, Marine-inspired Imagery of Lebanese Artist Nabil Nahas

Why We Recommend it

Nahas draws inspiration from the rhythms, forms and phenomena of the natural world, and this exhibit showcases that fascination with layered, resplendent relief paintings redolent of coral reefs.


The Lebanon-born artist, who divides his time between New York and Beirut, imparts his reverence for nature and the environments that have profoundly influenced him throughout his life. In previous works he has painted the cedar and palm trees inspired by his childhood homes

This exhibit features three-dimensional works rendered in rich shades of ultramarine and turquoise, that appear as a vibrating ecosystem of encrusted forms portruding and multiplying from the canvas.

Using layer of layer of organic shapes covered in luminescent, hyperreal colours, Nahas mixes pumice powder into his paint that further enhances the materiality of the work, giving the impression of pure ground pigment or coral reefs.


When: 18 Jan 2018 - 17 Mar 2018 Where: Ben Brown Fine Arts – Pedder building, 12 Pedder Street – Central