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Sacha Abou Khalil's first solo exhibition, "Breaking the Frozen Seas," breathes new life into classic literature. Now up at Agial Gallery, the show presents a series of portraits based on characters from 14 well-known novels. Now numbering 18 oils, Abou Khalil's series takes a contemplative look at both international and Arab literature, ranging from Patrick Suskind's "Perfume" to "La Villa des Femmes," by Charif Majdalani. Now living between Italy and Lebanon, Abou Khalil quit dentistry in 2011 to devote himself to painting.Colored by his own readings, the portraits betray Abou Khalil's personal relationship with the characters and their stories. While the characters are taken from literature, the figures he paints are all based on family and friends, acting out the roles. Abou Khalil hopes to continue adding to the series at a later date.
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