Sabhan Adam’s Ethereal Bodies Interview & Photos

First off, apologies for the extreme delay on this – but we faced technical difficulties capturing the videos. So this post will only include photographs of the exhibition and the interview.

F3: What is the period of time you spent as an artist, and briefly how did you start?
SA: I started by being self-taught in drawing, I used to write poetry as a start and one day I decided to be an artist.

F3: And how long have you been doing that?
SA: From 1989 ‘til this day, but practically I started as a professional a year later, 1990 and exhibitions since 1994.

F3: Which of your achievements do you consider the greatest?
SA: All my achievements
F3: There isn’t a specific one?
SA: I don’t think there’s an artist at my age who achieved as much as I did.

F3: Do you think artworks should be sprung from stories, sentiments, scenarios or they’d be random artistic creations?
SA: No it should carry the story of the artist, for example I mainly draw for my own amusement and depending on my mood not anything else.
F3: Are all these artworks here based on stories or..
SA: My story, my story with the artwork as a result, for amusement.

F3: Why the title “Ethereal Bodies”?
SA: Honestly, I didn’t pick this title myself. Some friends suggested it, but I totally approve it and happy with it.
F3: What does it mean?
SA: Ethereal is a word that isn’t related to any time or place, a body that isn’t ruled by anything.

F3: In your point of view, do you find digital art a development or just a form of backwardness in the artistic field?
SA: Neither this nor that, it’s just there like any other forms of art, such as realism, modern art, anything.
F3: Do you believe a person can be as good as traditional artists?
SA: No not all of them, even in traditional drawing there’s a limited number of artists who are really good.

F3: Do you believe that art should carry a national identity or remains universal and international?
SA: Most importantly it should carry a humanitarian identity, more important that anything nationalist.

F3: What do you like to say to the budding Arabic artists nowadays?
SA: God bless them! (laughter)

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9 Responses to “Sabhan Adam’s Ethereal Bodies Interview & Photos”

  1. Amer Says:

    Well done mate :)
    You should’ve captured the eye rolling scene and put it here :p

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  3. Jean-Marie Couturier Says:

    I would like to contact directly Sabhan for an exchange within a Syrian and French friendship association that has just been created; I am involved in the cultural side of the group.
    Many thanks if you can forward this message to Sabhan.
    Best regards,
    Jean-Marie Couturier

  4. Anet Abnous Says:

    Hello,
    I am a Co-director of a JK Gallery in LA, CA.
    We love his painting and we are interested to know how can we get in touch with Sabnon Adam in order to exhibit his paintings in our gallery.

    Kindest Regards,
    Anet Abnous
    jk@jkgallery.net
    T.310.837.3330
    F.310.837.4001

  5. Lotfi Kaabi Says:

    Two Liverpool collective of artists would like to invite Sabhan to participate in an event called Planet Art eXchange that takes place in Liverpool from July 1 –15.
    (www.pax08.com)
    We would highly appreciate it if you can forward this invitation to him or tell us how to get in touch with him
    Best regards

    Lotfi Kaabi (+44 7910 908 758)

  6. Wajdi Says:

    Biggest fan of Sabhan.. I think David firth borrowed some of Sabhan’s Ideas and portrayed them in his animations.. Mainly the Salad Fingers animation. Great Art Sabhan.

  7. Sabhan Adam fan Says:

    Sabhan Adam se livre corps et âme à la peinture.

  8. Hady Seropian Says:

    I am invited to attend the opening reception this January 27th in Beirut, I will discover what seems to be great art works

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