Shadi Al-Atallah: Waters That Never Quench

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6830 Santa Monica Boulevard, CA 90038, Los Angeles, United States
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Shadi Al-Atallah: Waters That Never Quench

Los Angeles

Shadi Al-Atallah: Waters That Never Quench
to Sat 21 May 2022
Tue-Sat 11am-6pm

Steve Turner presents Waters That Never Quench, a solo exhibition by London-based painter Shadi Al-Atallah that features new imaginary self-portraits which position the artist in hellish domestic settings.

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Gay as in happy, 2022

Acrylic, oil pastel, charcoal and pencil on canvas
55 1/8 x 72 inches (140 x 183 cm)

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Predator and Pray, 2022

Acrylic, oil pastel, charcoal and pencil on canvas
55 1/8 x 72 inches (140 x 183 cm)

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Sweaty eyes on a hot summer's day, 2022

Acrylic, oil pastel, charcoal and pencil on canvas
55 1/8 x 72 inches (140 x 183 cm)

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In debt, in doubt, 2022

Acrylic, oil pastel, charcoal and pencil on canvas
72 x 49 1/4 inches (183 x 125 cm)

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Fears of roller coasters and pools, 2022

Acrylic, oil pastel, charcoal and pencil on canvas
72 x 49 1/4 inches (183 x 125 cm)

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But I'm still angry, 2022

Acrylic, oil pastel and pencil on canvas
31 1/2 x 35 3/8 inches (80 x 90 cm)

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Rolling rocks with Sisyphus, 2022

Acrylic, oil pastel and pencil on canvas
35 3/8 x 19 5/8 inches (90 x 50 cm)

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We wish we had obeyed, 2022

Acrylic, oil pastel and pencil on canvas
35 3/8 x 19 5/8 inches (90 x 50 cm)

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Dark, dynamic and distorted figures seek to convey the absurdity of conflicting emotional states. The paintings consist of brush strokes quickly made, a technique that the artist describes as necessary to convey their thoughts and attitudes. They use painting to escape the constraints of language and to invent genderless figures that embody an ambiguity that language rarely grants. In so doing, they convey Al-Atallah’s ideas on gender and sexuality while remaining obscure enough so that viewers can connect with the works on their own terms.

Shadi Al-Atallah (born 1994, Saudi Arabia) earned a BA at the University of the Arts, London (2018) before earning an MA at the Royal College of Art, London (2021). They have had solo exhibitions at Guts Gallery, London (2021); Hammond Projects, London (2020) and Cob Gallery, London (2018). This the artist’s debut solo exhibition in the United States.

Courtesy of the artist and Steve Turner, Los Angeles


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