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Imaginary humans at the opening of Houssein Tallal’s exhibition 

Written by FDM

«Portraits imaginaires» exhibition by artist painter Houssein Tallal adorned the walls of L’Atelier 21 gallery in an opening held yesterday, February 13. The paintings displayed reveal the artist’s ever so 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, held till March 20,  Tallal summons real characters, dreamed or fictitious and multiplies the « imaginary portraits ».