Fayez Barakat: Beauty is in the Eyes of the Beholder
Barakat Seoul are proud to present their 2018 inaugural exhibition “Beauty Is in the Eye of the Beholder,” a solo exhibition by Fayez Barakat (1949-), from March 6 to April 15.
An outstanding entrepreneur, enthusiastically continuing the fourth generation family business, and an exceptional collector, Fayez as the owner of Barakat Galleries, boasts one of the best collections of ancient art in the entire world. Having explored and experienced beauty through colors for a long time since his adolescence, Fayez as a contemporary painter works by releasing his invisible energy, his sensuous impressions from everyday life and a subjective sense of beauty onto his canvases. Focusing on the shapes created through colors, he emphasizes materiality by filling the entire canvas with thick strokes of paint. As a result, his works are not exclusively visual but leave behind a stream of impressions that feel almost tactile, as expectant to be experienced with every sense.
The exhibition expands from our basement to the first floor, in particular, the Magnificent Marine Life series, which occupies most of the basement, beautifully unfolds underwater landscapes that the artist has introspectively experienced in his subconscious. He likens the overwhelming emotions that are experienced in a state of mental absorption to the process of immersing his body entirely into the sea.
Fayez Barakat (b. 1949) is an American painter originally from Jerusalem. He is the owner of the Barakat Galleries, with over 150 years of tradition, the world’s greatest ancient art collector, as well as a passionate artist.
Fayez Barakat’s paintings are explosive variations of colors and forms, independent from the conventions of specific cultures, historic periods and trends, charged with a bold energy that openly and without any hesitation embraces and promotes an aesthetic identity through a unique artistic diversity. Being a prolific artist, a vast quantity of his paintings adopts multiple and various techniques rather than sticking to one specific style, his work has the nature of a disciplined practice that drives him as an artist beyond his own limits. Fayez has repeatedly stated that the presence of external forces motivate him to paint, and believes that his paintings are created through his immersion in an unconscious ‘space of energy’, and that viewers of his artworks are also influenced, moved, driven and transported by the power of this energy.
A combination of the artist’s experiences in various phases of his life, through different religions and cultures, Fayez’s aesthetic world leads us to a place beyond the orthodox educational and institutional discussions, to a world that can only be reached by virtue of meditating through the body and its senses. Having created a prestigious reputation and dominated the ancient art market with his professional acumen, Fayez Barakat is presently actively captivated by his paintings. We confidently anticipate that his rich oeuvre will expand our sensorial awareness and expose us to new aesthetic experiences.