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Houssein Tallal presents “Imaginary Portraits” at L’Atelier 21

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L’Atelier 21 will be housing an exhibition entitled “Portraits imaginaires” by artist painter Houssein Tallal starting February 13 to March 20. The artist’s latest paintings will be on display as well as older ones that demonstrate of his consistent passion for the human figure.

Always interested by circus characters, troubadours and outsiders, as if he felt a deep similarity between their condition and that of painters, Hossein Tallal painted circus characters, clowns with bright colors, accentuating the heavy sadness of their faces. His approach later evolved into a black and white representation of children with deformed bodies and faces. The lacerated, even tortured, appearance of some of his characters is reminiscent of the paintings of Francis Bacon, an artist Tallal had never heard of until an art critic questioned the resemblance between his paintings and those of the English painter at the end of the 1960s.

In his exhibition at the Galerie L’Atelier 21, Tallal summons real characters, dreamed or fictitious and multiplies the “imaginary portraits”.