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Untitled, 2016

Mixed media on paper.

42 x 59.5 cm.

Signed on the recto.

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Born in 1989 in Damascus, Syria, Mouhammad Mouselli now lives in Berlin. His mother is from Damascus and his father is from Hama and was originally a calligrapher. Studying at the Fine Arts Faculty at Damascus University between 2007 and 2014, he received a Bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts. Working with mixed media on paper including ink, pastel, charcoal, watercolour, pencil and acrylic paint, he renders strange, enigmatic landscapes comprised of amorphous shapes and watery washes of colour. These often sit somewhere between abstraction and figuration, as the curve of a hill merges into the extended arm of a human being, or a textured pool of white paint sits beneath what appears to be a pulsing red sun. Furthermore, his works occupy a space that is simultaneously painting and drawing, line and pigment working together in conversation.


Mouselli is influenced by the visual language of Modernism and references Spanish artist Joan Miró, creating individual forms that sit together in harmonious compositions. In Mouselli’s works, shape and line flow freely and instinctively into one another. Of his practice, the artist says: “I’m trying to think about nothing. You destroy time … you don’t know why, you’re just trying to compose, figure out, catch something, trying to let it go. It’s life, it’s living.”


Having left Syria in 2014 to the exile, his main exhibition to date has been at Damascus University in the form of his graduation exhibition in 2012. Working for Red Crescent before he left Syria in 2013, he was an art trainer who worked with psychology specialists to help trauma victims who had been caught in conflict zones between the regime and rebels.


His travels took him from Damascus to Istanbul, where he lived for a year and a half, and finally to Berlin, where he continues to live and work as an artist.

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