Yousef Abdelké Seashell, 2017, Charcoal on paper, 101.8 x 104 cm

We are happy to announce that we started representing Yousef Abdelké.

 

Yousef Abdelké (1951, Qamishli, Syria) lives and works in Damascus, Syria. At 15, he moved To Damascus with his family. He studied at the Faculty of Fine Arts in Damascus and graduated in 1976. In the late 1970s, Abdelké was arrested for almost two years because of his political positions.

 

After graduation, he went to France, "attracted by anything that might satisfy his burning thoughts of painting." In Paris, he graduated from the Ecole Nationale Superieure des Beaux- Arts in 1986 and later from Paris XIII as a doctoral student in Fine Arts in 1989.

 

Growing up in a very political family, his work is always permeated by his political agenda. He lived and worked in Paris from 1981 until his return to Damascus in 2005.

 

After 25 years of compelled exile and being forbidden to go back to Syria, it was finally possible for him to go back to Damascus in 2005 where he held a large exhibition. Since 2010, his Syrian passport was confiscated and he could not leave the country. Youssef Abdelké was arrested in Syria on the 18th of July by the regime forces, and liberated 5 weeks later on the 22nd of August.

 

The works of Youssef Abdelké are in a large number of museums and institutions, including The British Museum in London and the Institut du Monde Arabe in Paris.


 

1989
PH.D. in Plastic Arts, University of Paris

1986
Diploma in Etching, Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Beaux Arts Paris

1976
Faculty of Fine Arts Damascus

 

 

Selected Solo Exhibitions

 

 2016
Bleak and Black Gallery Tanit, Munich, Germany

 2014
Recent Works. Charcoals , Claude Lemand Gallery, Paris, France
Recent Masterpieces , Paris Art Fair, Grand Palais, Paris, France

 2010
Recent Drawings. Charcoals , Galerie Claude Lemand, Paris, France

 2006
Henki Hall, Helsinki, Finland

 2005
Khan Asaad Pasha; organized by Atassi Gallery, Damascus, Syria
Al-Funun Gallery, Kuwait City, Kuwait

 2004
Zamalek Art Center - Akhnatoun Gallery, Cairo, Egypt

 2003
Dal Al-Anda Gallery, Amman, Jordan
6th Chamaliéres International Triennial for Etching , France
Prebendale Gallery, Saint Paul, France

 2002
Charcoal and Pastels , Claude Lemand Gallery, Paris, France
Mashrabia Gallery, Cairo, Egypt
L'Atelier Art Gallery, Alexandria, Egypt

 2001
Al-Riwaq Art Gallery, Manama, Bahrain

 2000
Hall of Faculty of Law, Sfax, Tunisia

 1999
Green Art Gallery, Dubai, UAE
Mashrabia Gallery, Cairo, Egypt

 1998
Atassi Gallery, Damascus, Syria

 1997
Kallysté Gallery, Tunisia

 

 

Selected Group Exhibitions

 

 2017
Give a chance to the Syrian refugee Children to go to school , Art Paris Art Fair, Northern Wall, Grand Palais, Paris, France

 2016
From East and West , Art Paris Art Fair, Grand Palais, Paris, France
10:52 , Ayyam Gallery, Dubai, UAE

 2015
Art Paris Art Fair 2015, Grand Palais, Paris, France
Rituals of Signs and Transitions (1975-1995) , Darat al Funum, Amman, Jordan
My Voice Rings Out For Syria , BOX clearance, Berlin, Germany

 2014
Arab Modernities , Galerie Claude Lemand, Paris, France

 2013
Arab Masterpieces , Gallery Claude Lemand, Paris, France
Festival of Small Size Works , Gallery Claude Lemand, Paris
Art Syria , Meem Gallery, Dubai, UAE
Contemporary Art from Syria , Yallay Gallery, Hong Kong, China

 2012
Artists in Exile , Galerie Claude Lemand, Paris, France

 2011
Sharjah Biennial 10: Plot for a Biennial , Sharjah International Art Biennial, Sharjah, UAE
Artists From Syria Today , Espace Kettaneh Kunigk, Beirut, Lebanon

 2010
Recent Acquisitions , Galerie Claude Lemand, Paris, France

 2009
Paris, Damascus: Crossed Glances , National Museum of Damascus, Damascus, Syria

 2008
Masterpieces. Inaugural Exhibition , Galerie Claude Lemand, Paris, France
Ammar Al-Beik , Ayyam Gallery, Dubai, UAE
Paris, Damascus: Crossed Glances , Institute du Monde Arabe, Paris, France
Paris, Damascus: Crossed Glances , Europia, Paris, France
Word into Type: Artists of the Modern Middle East , British Museum, London

 2007
Salon d'Automne, Paris, France
Amis et Artistes lui rendent hommage , Europia, Paris

 2006
Rare Works , Galerie Claude Lemand, Paris, France
Word into Art , Bloomsbury House, London

 2005
Homage to Shafic Abboud , Galerie Claude Lemand, Paris, France

 2001
Sharjah International Biennial, Sharjah, UAE
8th International Cairo Biennial, Cairo, Egypt