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Etel Adnan

L'Autre sculpture 1997-2017, Carrara marble, polystyrene, acrylic pigment, felt pen, 25 x 34 x 7,5 cm each element. Photo Ela Bialkowska, OKNO Studio

Etel Adnan

L'Autre sculpture 2017, rabescato marble and acrylic pigment, 25 x 34 x 7,4 cm. Photo Ela Bialkowska, OKNO Studio

Etel Adnan

Déjeuner au soleil, 2016, wool, 162 x 243 cm. Photo Object Studies

Etel Adnan

Lumière Blanche, 2016, wool, 162 x 243 cm. Photo Object Studies

Etel Adnan

le Soleil amoureux de la lune, 2015, ceramic fresco specially designed by Etel Adnan for the walled garden of Moulin de Sainte-Marie, hand-painted ceramic on matt rough polish, 5 panels: 390 x 220 cm each. Photo Oak Taylor-Smith

Etel Adnan

le Soleil amoureux de la lune, 2015, ceramic fresco specially designed by Etel Adnan for the walled garden of Moulin de Sainte-Marie, hand-painted ceramic on matt rough polish, 5 panels, 390 x 220 cm each. Photo Oak Taylor-Smith

Etel Adnan

Sans titre - Dessins pour: 'le Soleil amoureux de la lune' 2014, pastel on paper, 31,7 x 40,7 cm (unframed), 46,3 x 55,4 x 3 cm (framed). Photo Oak Taylor-Smith

Etel Adnan

Sans titre - Dessins pour: 'le Soleil amoureux de la lune' 2014, pastel on paper, 31,7 x 40,7 cm (unframed), 46,3 x 55,4 x 3 cm (framed). Photo Oak Taylor-Smith

Etel Adnan

Sans titre - Dessins pour: 'le Soleil amoureux de la lune' 2014, pastel on paper, 31,7 x 40,7 cm (unframed), 46,3 x 55,4 x 3 cm (framed). Photo Oak Taylor-Smith

Etel Adnan

Sans Titre 2014, oil on canvas, 24 x 30 cm (framed 27,2 x 33,2 x 4 cm). Photo Zhang Kai

Etel Adnan

Sans Titre 2014, oil on canvas, 24 x 30 cm (framed 27,2 x 33,2 x 4 cm). Photo Zhang Kai

Etel Adnan

San Gimignano 4, 2014, black resin, alabaster, wood, 170 x 180 cm. Photo Ela Bialkowska

Etel Adnan

San Gimignano 4, 2014, black resin, alabaster, wood, 170 x 180 cm. Photo Ela Bialkowska

Etel Adnan

Sans Titre 2014, oil on canvas, 35 x 27 x 2 cm. Photo Veronica Tronnolone

Etel Adnan

Trees 2013, ink on paper, 12 x 4,17 x 0,59 in (closed), 30,5 x 582,6 cm (open). Photo Rémi Lavalle

Etel Adnan

SIGNS 2013, ink on paper, 19,5 x 18 x 1,3 cm (closed), 19 x 620,8 cm (open). Photo Miguel Ángel Emérico

Etel Adnan

Looking for birds 2013, ink on paper, 21,5 x 9,5 x 2 cm (closed), 21,5 x 540 cm (open). Photo by: Miguel Ángel Emérico

Etel Adnan

ETEL ADNAN, exhibition view GALLERIA CONTINUA, San Gimignano, 2013. Photo Ela Bialkowska

Etel Adnan

San Gimignano 2, 2013, ink on paper, 27,2 x 9,2 x 279 cm. Photo Ela Bialkowska

Etel Adnan

San Gimignano 2, 2013, ink on paper, 27,2 x 9,2 x 279 cm. Photo Ela Bialkowska

Etel Adnan

INKPOTS and..., 2013, watercolour on paper, 17 x 312 cm. Photo Miguel Ángel Emérico

Etel Adnan

INKPOTS and..., 2013, watercolour on paper, 17 x 312 cm. Photo Miguel Ángel Emérico

Etel Adnan

INKPOTS and..., 2013, watercolour on paper, 17 x 312 cm. Photo Miguel Ángel Emérico

Working with the potential of color

Etel Adnan, born in Beirut in 1925, was a Lebanese-American poet, essayist and visual artist.
who has inspired the contemporary generation thanks in part to her unique approach and multi-faceted use and relationship with colour. 
She is considered one of the most iconic
artists in the Arab intellectual diaspora as well as a pioneer of women’s rights all over the world. 
Etel Adnan’s career has ranged over a wide variety of works, including drawing, film, painting and ceramics. She is also an author of poetry and prose, where she often addressed difficult political situations like the Vietnam War and Lebanese War. Throughout the years she has incorporated in her practise a Leperello or Japanese folding concertina book technique, presenting colourful or monochrome landscapes and compositions. 
In her work, Etel Adnan, painted landscapes in which she embraced a new concept, refusing traditional cultural references, media and techniques, favouring a composition that is based on scenery, devoid of human figures, but is representative of the beauty of the universe and the intense bond she has with it; her paintings executed with clear, confident strokes. 
Through her works and throughout her career, Etel Adnan asked herself and her viewers the question: “Do colours have the power to break the time barrier, and carry us into outer spaces, not only those made of miles and distances, but those of the accumulated experiences of life since its beginning or unbeginning?” . 

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