Bassam Al-Dik

  • He is a plastic artist, born in Tripoli, Lebanon in 1943.
  • He started his career in Lebanon in the late 1960s.
  • He was a co-founder of the Ten Group in Lebanon in 1974.
  • His early work was influenced by the Realistic movement because he was studying in Yugoslavia, later shifted to Impressionistic Symbolism.
  • His paintings are characterized by their powerful structure, dense themes, experiences and rich colours.
  • He gained a lot from the Syrian art movement and the rich experience of its artists.
  • Upon the beginning of the civil war in Lebanon, he moved to Syria and settled in Homs for about thirty-five years, which he spent away from art.
  • After that, he migrated to the USA, where he resumed his work as an artist after he was exposed to the art movement there, however; he remained loyal to his own experience and wasn't much influenced by the Western schools.
  • He kept working on his first and only theme; the woman, which gave his work a distinctive taste. Love and the female body were his experiment lab for his art, inspired by stories from The Arabian Nights and the mythical velvety romance of Abla and Antar.
  • He died in 2016 after a long journey with disease, however the Arabian love stories became his only shelter and support in his fight against pain. His passion and love for art reached a level beyond description or measurement.

  • Antara's love time.
  • Acrylic on canvas.

  • Untitled.
  • Acrylic on canvas.
  • 120*120 cm.

  • Untitled.
  • Acrylic on canvas.
  • 100*90 cm.