Self, 2013 (Detail)

Artist's Statement

My current body of work focuses on the human figure. I am interested in the emotive qualities of body gesture, colour and mark making.

My work is a quest to subvert the specific in search for the universal. Each piece is a search beyond mere appearance, attempting to connect the vulnerability, fragility and impermanence of the individual with a sense of common and shared humanity. My work-making process embraces both the familiar and the unexpected, and combines observation, memory and intuition. My aim is that each piece develops a visual presence that is independent of me, or my original artistic intentions, so that the viewer can continue the search that I have initiated.

I work primarily in oils but also make unique works on paper using monotype and other print media.

Biography

I was born in Beirut, Lebanon and live in the United Kingdom.

I was trained as a biologist and for many years pursued a successful career as a medical scientist. In 2010, I decided to follow my passion for art and became a full-time artist.

Education

Masters of Fine Art (MFA) in Painting and Printmaking, New York Academy of Art (2013-2015)

Diploma in Drawing and Painting, Leith School of Art, Edinburgh (2010-2013)

Doctor of Philosophy, The University of Sydney

Bachelor of Science, The American University of Beirut

Exhibitions

Solo Exhibitions

2017   

“Markings”,  Galerie Alice Mogabgab, Beirut, Lebanon

“This Life to Me”, Union Gallery, Edinburgh

 “Empreintes”, La Reine Blanche Scene des Arts et des Sciences, Paris

Group Exhibitions

2017                       

London Original Print Fair, CCA Galleries, Royal Academy of Arts, London

Lime Tree Gallery, Paper Trail Exhibition, Bristol

Work on Paper Art Fair, Lime Tree Gallery, Royal Geographical Society, London

Pastel Society Annual Exhibition, Mall Galleries, London

Royal Society of British Artists, Mall Galleries, London

2016  

Flowers Gallery, Cork Street, London, “Small is Beautiful” exhibition

Fly 2016, Visual Arts Scotland, The Royal Scottish Academy Building, Edinburgh

The Royal West England Academy, 164th Annual Exhibition, Bristol

Lime Tree Gallery, Summer Exhibition, Bristol

Converge 2016, Visual Arts Scotland, The Royal Scottish Academy Building, Edinburgh

Cannon Gallery of Art, Western Oregon University, Oregon (USA), Pushing the Edge

Mall Galleries, Pastel Society Annual Exhibition, London

Mall Galleries, Royal Society of British Artists, London

2015    

Lime Tree Gallery, Christmas Exhibition, Long Melford, Suffolk

The Royal West England Academy, 163rd Annual Exhibition, Bristol

Visual Arts Scotland Annual Exhibition, The Royal Scottish Academy Building, Edinburgh

New Work - New York, 1st Biennial Survey by all eleven New York City based MFA programmes, Williamsburg, New York

TriBeCa Ball, New York Academy of Art, New York

2014    

Deck the Walls, Wilkinson Gallery, New York Academy of Art, New York

Collective Ground, Patriothall Gallery, Edinburgh

Awards and Recognition

2017    The Michael Harding Award, The Royal Society of British Artists,           London

2016    Elected Professional member of Visual Art Scotland

2016    Artists and Illustrators Prize, The Pastel Society, Mall Galleries,   London

2012     Eliza Clifford Prize for outstanding work by a mature student, Leith School of Art

Media Coverage

Interview and feature article with Zoneone Arts in Australia http://zoneonearts.com.au/henry-jabbour/

Strokes that bind – review of the solo exhibition at The Union Gallery by Alan McIntosh            http://www.broughtonspurtle.org.uk/news/strokes-bind

https://stv.tv/news/features/1382178-scientist-who-quit-job-to-paint-lands-first-solo-art-exhibit/

http://www.artscotland.info/henry-jabbour-follows-his-passion-for-art/

Review of the solo show at Galerie Alice Mogabgab in L’Orient Le Jour (the leading French speaking newspaper in Lebanon) https://www.lorientlejour.com/article/1033488/quand-le-portrait-nest-plus-visage.html

Review of the solo show at Galerie Alice Mogabgab in Annahar Newspaper (the leading Arabic speaking newspaper in Lebanon)

http://newspaper.annahar.com/article/530168-معرض-هنري-جبور-في-غاليري-أليس-مغبغب-الوجه-شاعرا-خلف-غشاء-اللغز

Winning Ways: Henry Jabbour by Steve Pill; Artists and Illustrators Magazine, June 2016, pp 22-25

Worton Hall Studios, CCA Galleries: promotional video of printmaking process https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0YwfLHVj__s