PRACTICE AND PROCESS
Khawam’s work is characterized by its layered formal, material, and conceptual complexity of a grid like forms, colors and gestures in more experimental, spontaneous working process. In addition to acrylic paint, he employs some of the traditional methods of dyed yarn hand made knitting, burlap and silicone which are exclusively human characteristics and are features of the human society to bring forth some of the hidden historical motifs into the contemporary work. The art is sketched from various references including his photography and media images to create a semi-realistic composition. The second half of the process is the deconstruction of the forms in a semi-abstract manner highlighted with bold shapes, and gestural brushstrokes by the use of materials that intensify our visual experience.
Aleppo & Chaos Series
Khawam’s primary focus is of his birthplace – the city of Aleppo with urban scenes of collapsed apartment floors, fallen balconies, curved rooftops, debris and punched holes in building facades. The painting series reveal haunting and disturbing scenes and intentionally painted with a palette of joyful color fields and shapes that emerge from the canvas with a vigorous life force.
Aleppo Urban Landscapes Process
Three steps process in a storytelling and follows a building construction, starting with a black and white loose sketch or underpainting of a realistic scene followed by the deconstruction by applying acrylic impasto strokes to finish with a fragmented expressionist painting. The small format paintings final step to display the work is to assemble a minimum of six paintings to form one artwork to maximize the view’s experience.
Aleppo Urban Landscape Series Underpainting