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Mesmerizingly weird and more than a little tacky, Chammout's surreal series is on show at Gallery 169 in Saifi Village this week, in a solo exhibition entitled "Mid Summer Night Dream," featuring works being offloaded by a Syrian private collector.A lover of Orientalist European painters including Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres, Chammout combines elements of East and West in his work, as evidenced by a series of cubist paintings dating from the late '60s and early '70s.The first Arab artist to experiment with cubism, according to the exhibition's curator Razan Chatti, Chammout captures vases of flowers using the distinctive cubist split perspective, to which he adds a Middle Eastern twist through the use of warm colors and sections of collage featuring floral and arabesque patterns.
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