Chase Contemporary is pleased to announce the opening of the Adel Dauood’s exhibition: “Unspoken Memories.” This inaugural exhibition brings into focus a recent selection of figurative compositions the artist has created in Vienna, Austria. Through the use of oil, acrylic, and charcoal, Dauood achieves a type of portraiture that oscillates between genres of realism, abstraction, and surrealism.
His visceral works are a direct response from the time he spent raising a family in war-torn Syria and their related memories. Within these works, not only does the viewer find elements of the subject, but also of the Dauood’s personality, vision, and a glimpse of the very foundation of his tumultuous life. Balance is a major theme of these very involved, very emotional paintings. Each is a study in the push and pull of chaos and calm, abstraction and realism, and tangible perceptions of personality versus total anonymity.
An important aspect of Dauood’s intimate portraits is the way in which he involves himself in the personality of his subjects. He has been described as “burning the midnight oil” with each of them, a desire to become so well-acquainted with his subjects, coupled with his techniques of layering, drawing, layering, and drawing again.
In addition to being included in numerous private collections, Adel's paintings can be found in the permanent collections of the Barjeel Art Foundation,Sharjah, UAE, and The British Museum, London, England. He lives and works in Vienna, Austria.