REEM BASSOUS
Honolulu, Hawaii - United States



Original Artworks (4)

Reem Bassous; Excerpt From School Bus Series, 2001, Original Painting Oil, 8 x 10 inches. Artwork description: 241 The School Bus Series is a body of work consisting of approximately 200 portraits. Every 4 portraits were painted on the same paper, forming a grid. The idea of the importance of the process is demonstrated in this series.  ...
Reem Bassous
Original Oil Painting, 2001
8 x 10 inches (20.3 x 25.4 cm)
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Reem Bassous; School Bus, 2001, Original Painting Oil, 75 x 80 inches. Artwork description: 241 The School Bus painting consists of 70 portraits altogether. It is largely based on the School Bus series, and a lot of its images was taken from the series. The positioning of the portraits creates an informal grid which is an element important both in this painting ...
Reem Bassous
Original Oil Painting, 2001
75 x 80 inches (190.5 x 203.2 cm)
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Reem Bassous; Aiya, 2004, Original Painting Oil, 50 x 60 inches. Artwork description: 241 This painting merges the figure with nature. I worked on
Reem Bassous
Original Oil Painting, 2004
50 x 60 inches (127.0 x 152.4 cm)
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Reem Bassous; Roomscape, 2003, Original Mixed Media, 30 x 42 inches. Artwork description: 241 This painting was done using black and white charcoal and pastels, as well as black, white and red acrylic. it is taken from a landscape built inside the studio where organic as well as industrial shapes can be found....
Reem Bassous
Original Mixed Media, 2003
30 x 42 inches (76.2 x 106.7 cm)
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Artist Statement

To explain my work would be near impossible. It would almost be like asking a person to rationalize the intensity of a given emotion, like fear or rage. I know that I just do it, however it comes out, and I filter the ‘unpleasantness’ thereafter. When I work, I do so with such focused dedication, and all my energy is poured into the process. The work deserves no less. It is a very powerful force, pulling me back in and consuming me, time and time again. I become but a mere tool for what needs to happen on the canvas or paper on any given day. I become selfless, abiding to the hegemony that is painting.
Yet this energy is triggered by important factors which lead me to paint; Memories, some sorrowful, some happy; everyday experiences, relationships with people and with things. I work from life, but am never enslaved by it. I am fascinated by the shapes, lines and chaos found in nature. As the painting unfolds, it often finds itself at a balanced stage between faithfulness to what is seen, and abstracted shapes that are necessary to the wholeness of the piece.
I am always looking, taking in information. The work cannot be categorized as one thing or another- that would be too limiting. The work is what it is. All I am is a medium which aids its emergence.
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