Roula Chreim

Roula Chreim is an internationally acclaimed artist and curator. Between extensive traveling in her previous career and being displaced after her house was destroyed via war, home? is a pivotal idea and crucial place that manifests from her psyche and heart in many of her works as well as in her life. Roula started painting at the young age of four and as a young artist she painted small houses and meadows, inspired by her former town of Salhieh. Roula has been to more than 148 cities and communities in more than 37 different countries throughout the world. This enabled her the great opportunity to explore and delve into the cultural influences and origins of the art produced in those various communities, cities and countries. Roula paints her figures, interior scenes and cityscapes with an aesthetic that evokes Symbolism, Abstraction, German Expressionism and touches of Degas in them, perhaps more in subject than style. Her preference is for abstracted human figures, buildings and compositions while her wonderful palette knife sketches are elegant, sophisticated and usually display a violin or cello, all setting a tonality of mood. Her passion for color is displayed in her artwork where one can find a subtle, layered quality. Collectively, her oeuvre is made up of vivid expressionistic paintings that communicate profound feelings to the viewer. My art discipline enables sanity to prevail in these tiring times, while it covers a diverse range of both mediums and genres making it hard to categorize me as an artist. I would not change this as for me it is the essence of the freedom I love in my process.?Roula paints on wood, canvas, murals and metal, using oil, acrylic paint and mixed media. She has exhibited in Lebanon and abroad in solo, permanent and group exhibitions.

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