Lina Alattar is an active artist in the DC Metro with her work being exhibited at different galleries. Asking her “what’s new” and she has a host of things to talk about. She presents her story exactly how art reviewers like to see it.
“I currently have representation at Touchstone Gallery in Washington DC.
- Recently accepted into Strictly Painting at MPA: Juror: Vesela Sretenovic,
- Opening Reception: Thursday, June 30, 7 – 9 p.m.
- Currently showing at Flux Gallery in Ashland, VA
- Will be serving as Vice President on Board of Directors at Touchstone Gallery (starting June 2015).
- Have an upcoming solo exhibit 2016 at Touchstone Gallery.”
Lina Alattar is an example of a professional artist who is devoted to her work fulltime. Her experience from having lived in different locations around the world is inspirational to her spirit. Because she is an abstract painter, sources of influence are not literally apparent.
One may experience her design sense as being integrated with her fine artwork.
Here is an interesting reflection about “design sense” from Samsara Sayonara.
“Intuitive style comes from appreciating an art form for its design, pleasing attributes and composition. It may help to learn general rules and theories underscoring design to train the eye, however, what is more important is to see design and style for its intrinsic value and not for the value you hope it to bring you. When you allow yourself to feel pleasure at the sight of a composition of a photo or colours of an interior space, or the curvature of a building or the fabric of a piece of clothing, when you open your mind to the marvels behind design–its history, craft, perfection and purpose–and its ability to be both pleasing and functional, that is when I believe you will begin to acquire an eye for design.
You must come to appreciate the intrinsic value of the aesthetic possibilities instead of denying their importance, and you must also make the distinction that you ought to appreciate design for its supreme quality, and by doing so, enjoy it and take pleasure in it.”
“Lina Alattar received her Bachelor of Fine Arts from Middle Tennessee State University with a major in graphic design and minor in painting. She continued her painting education in Gubio, Italy through an Art Study Program. Upon returning to the states, she pursuit advanced painting studies at The George Washington University alongside a career in graphic design.
She worked as a Creative Art Director, earning numerous AAF Addy awards, as well as freelance for the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC. She currently dedicates her entire time to painting. Her work can be seen in several regional galleries throughout the Washington, DC area.”
You can see her website at: www.LinaAlattar.com Facebook: /LinaAlattarArt
“I paint out of the necessity to explore ourselves and the world around us—our light, our shadows, our wholeness. Guided by curiosity, intuition and improvisation, each piece is evidence of this pursuit as the narrative of the painting becomes its own unfolding and expanding universe. My work comes from this place of trusting that which we so often doubt; our gut instinct.
The painting process becomes all important, exploring the fluid paint as I apply it; the drips, markings, and glimpses of layers. I am especially attracted to emotive paradox— serene and chaotic, lush and messy, loose and intense made tangible through the painted landscape. It is within these paradoxes that the magic unfolds. The result brings a transient experience into view. It pushes me to pay attention to the rhythms, patterns and colors—the unexpected gifts surrounding us.
My work challenges me to open up to an expansive point of view, to trust uncertain things beyond my control. My intention is for the viewer to be opened up to this shared experience as well.”
Via the artist
What makes Lina different might be from the action-orientation that she expresses in her work. While they are paintings, resting still on the wall, they are filled with dynamism that comes from movement among shapes and colors. They may appear to be relaxed, and yet their placement is done with much deliberation and precision that is driven by intellectual thought.
In works like these, patrons will want to learn more and more about how the artist thinks. About what are these contradictions is a good question to ask?
See the slideshow.
Lina Alattar. Images Specs:
1_TRAVELING VESSEL Acrylic on canvas, 2015 24”H x” 48”W
2_BETWEEN TWO WORLDS Acrylic on canvas, 2015
36″ H x 48″ W
3_A NESTLED REFLECTION Acrylic on canvas, 2015
24″ H x 30″ W
Acrylic on canvas, 2015 24″ H x 30″ W
5_THE GIFT OF 65 ROSES Acrylic on canvas, 2015
36″ H x 24″ W
Acrylic on canvas 30 Hx 30″ W
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