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  • Jan 24, 2018

A Sea of Stars: Interview with Nabil Nahas

Portrait of NABIL NAHAS. Courtesy the artist and Ben Brown Fine Arts, London/Hong Kong.

New York-based artist Nabil Nahas was born in Beirut in 1949, then spent his formative years between Egypt and Lebanon before leaving for the United States to attend college. Now, Nahas still periodically returns to his birthplace. He started painting at a young age and quickly became interested in abstraction. Throughout his career, the artist has been influenced by his homeland’s traditions, decorative styles and surroundings; at the same time, Nahas is thoroughly schooled in the practices of Western abstract painting and has continued to experiment with nature’s colors and materials, as seen in his usage of natural pigments and pumice powder.