Asheville Gallery of Art’s August show, “Simple Moment,” features the work of Sahar Fakhoury, whose paintings strike a pleasing balance between the classical and the contemporary styles of depicting the human condition. The show runs Aug. 1-31 during gallery hours, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday.

“I am interested and fascinated by the human figure to record the history of a moment. In this series of new works, I explore the art of portrait with a twist. I infuse the paintings with vivid light and color, but still maintain the likeness and essence of the subjects that I paint. I take my subjects out of the original context, leaving room for the viewer’s imagination to interpret where and why the moment took place.”

The majority of Sahar’s subjects are people she encounters on the street or by chance. “Sometimes I look for people because I have a certain idea in mind, at other times I see a person who inspires an idea for a painting.” She portrays figures in motion or in simple positions. “To me, moving figures represent the instability of our lives. We are always changing directions. We might move to another city or country, change jobs, or experience a sudden change in our health.”

Sahar has lived in the Asheville area for 29 years. She holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts from UNC Asheville, and has exhibited her work in solo and group shows throughout the United States and abroad. Her work hangs in both public and private collections around the world. She also teaches oil painting in her studio in Asheville’s River Arts District.

For further information about this show, contact Asheville Gallery of Art at 828-251-5796, visit the gallery website at www.ashevillegallery-of-art.com, or go to the gallery Facebook page.

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