CFAC hosts Lebanese-born artist's work through January
January 6, 2021
A new exhibit, "Realm of the Mystic," opened at the Community Fine Arts Center Tuesday featuring the work of Marwan Nahle, a combination of paintings and mixed media works he calls "recycled art."
Marwan Nahle is a Lebanese-born painter and multi-media artist who has lived and worked internationally for the past 30 years. He has exhibited his work in Lebanon as well as France, Germany and several U.S. states and other foreign countries. He has his work in museums in Lebanon and Utah and he is currently living in Manila, Utah.
Nahle's paintings represent his lifelong physical and spiritual journey, combining forms and landscapes from his world travels into ethereal and mystical movements. The misty landscapes, and graceful, abstracted figures appear to emerge from the push and pull of the paint. Angels and guardians appear often in his compositions.
One of the main mediums and themes in his mixed media work is the use of recycled materials, creating playful and imaginative collages and sculptures from discarded toys, metal scraps, plastic debris, roots, fossils, branches and images. Nahle transforms what most people would consider "trash" into surrealistic creatures and fantastic landscapes, both whimsical and spontaneous. His work is truly original and inventive, each piece telling a story and a history, the individual pieces within each piece and the one piece as a whole. His work forces you to look beyond the ordinary and create a new and radical mythology existing outside of any timeline.
"As a fulltime artist, I work with many mediums, such as but not limited to, painting with brushes, using my hands for collage, creating music to put to my short films, and making sculptures from objects I find while cleaning up forests, beaches, cities, and neighborhoods all over the globe. I draw my inspiration from Mother Earth," Nahle said. "My mission as a creative artist and educator is to inspire others by encouraging them and setting a space for them to simply play and be playful, exploring different mediums artistically. I love to work with all ages and believe art can assist in healing any ailment."
The public is invited to see Marwan Nahle's exhibit through the end of the month. Located at 400 C Street in Rock Springs, the CFAC is a department of the Sweetwater County Library System.
Hours at the center are Monday through Thursday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday noon to 4 p.m.