American, born in Aleppo, Syria. lives and works in Florida and New Jersey
1985 – Bachelor Degree of Fine Arts, the School of Visual Arts, New York City. Continued education in marketing & advertising at Montclair State University, New Jersey
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Art is a form of expression, an exchange of cultures and ideas conveyed via an aesthetic experience.
I believe that great art connects us to each other and to the places where we live, work and play. It inspires and challenges us and provokes us to examine our world around us and ask questions. As an artist, I have a responsibility to bring current social issues for public awareness to think critically. Ultimately, art builds community by bringing people together in a literal sense—gathering audiences at events, exhibitions and most recently on social media platforms allow us gain shared understanding. Through my art, I seek to raise awareness in a unique style that connects with people of all ages for better informed and engaged communities.
Mr. Khawam most recent work was influenced by the complex social and cultural differences, which impact ordinary people in urban areas. His recent work is premised on the idea that challenges our vision of Syria’s urban scenes in its war-torn cities and structured through our own varying positions. His use of expressive brush strokes weaves together images of geometric and organic shapes. Some are abstract and others are recognized objects scattered across the canvas in a sporadic way. The result resembles a blast that reveals remnants in the aftermath of an explosion which intensify our experience.
Mr. Khawam’s primary focus is of his birthplace – the city of Aleppo with urban scenes of collapsed apartment floors, fallen balconies, curved rooftops, debris and punched holes in building facades. The painting series reveal haunting and disturbing scenes and intentionally was painted with a palette of joyful color fields and shapes that emerge from the canvas with a vigorous life-force. A fantastical place of fear, desire, refuge, conquest and decay, the Syrian conflict has played an increasingly important role in creating a subject matter with a unique style that connect people through art. His interest in portraying the socio-political issues of the multi-cultural and social disturbances is well presented and has an aesthetic sense of the sublime.
Mr. Khawam’s sculpture of “Urbanism” in his Cascading Facades series are purely abstract shapes that intuitively generate a structural relationship of light and space. The sculpture works with entangled architectural materials and ordinary modern household objects and shapes which strongly suggest the human figure. The structure of the sculpture is based on repeated geometric shapes in different sizes, juxtaposed and tumbling towards the base. The sculptures are inspired by bare building frameworks of skeleton-like apartment buildings, a depiction of the falling facades, windows, doors, balconies, railings and debris that make it almost intact despite the collapsed structures.
The process for each painting starts with loose sketch of different architectural shapes and construction materials that are interweaved with fallen household items from the buildings. The underpainting sketch is done from media references, photos sent by his friends still in Syria and photos taken by the artist during his visit to Syria in November, 2018. The construction of the underpainting usually with broad brush allow the forms and color to appear through layers of paint and the use of different media intensify our experience. The deconstruction process takes place with layers of paint with emphasis on forms, color and texture using expressive strokes to finish the painting with fragmented semi-abstract style of the real and imaginary urban scenes.
Artist Website (TonyKhawamArt.com)
1985 – The School of Visual Arts, New York City. Graduated with B.F.A. in fine arts. Continued education in marketing & advertising at Montclair State University, NJ
Artist and creative marketing director for fortune 100 companies, pharmaceutical, financial and commercial real estate industries
2018 – Artexpo New York Int’l Art Fair, New York City Pier 94
2018 – Art Palm Beach Int’l Art Fair, West Palm Beach, FL
2017 – Red Dot Miami Int’l Art Fairs, Miami, FL
2017 – Bailey Contemporary Arts Gallery, Pompano Beach (Ft Lauderdale), FL
2017 – “Florida International Trade and Cultural Expo” #FITCE17, artist invitation from the Broward County Cultural and Arts to exhibit solo at Broward County Convention Center, Ft Lauderdale, FL
2006 – Walter Wickiser gallery, New York, NY
2005 – CS Schulte gallery, Millburn, NJ
2003 – Simon Gallery, Morristown, NJ
2000 – Walter Wickiser gallery, New York, NY
2000 – Morris Museum of Art, Morristown, NJ
2000 – Johnson & Johnson World Headquarters gallery, NJ, “New Jersey artists series”
2000 – Simon Gallery, Morristown, NJ
1999 – Nabisco Gallery, East Hanover, NJ “New Jersey Artists Series”
1999 – Educational Testing Service, Princeton, NJ “New Jersey Artists Series”
1998 – CS Schulte gallery, Millburn, NJ
1998 – Sharing Plough Corp., World Headquarters gallery at Giralda Farms estates, Madison, NJ. “New Jersey artists series”
1997 – O.K. Harris gallery, New York, NY
1994 – The Dow Jones & Company Headquarters Gallery, Princeton, NJ “New Jersey Artists Series”
1993 – MetLife Gallery, New York, NY
2018 – Design Center of The Americas, interior designers special event exhibition, Ft Lauderdale, FL
2017 – “Postcard Exhibit for fundraising” to renovate New Mexico State U Art Gallery
2017 – “Truth and Reconciliation” Little Haiti Cultural Complex Gallery, Miami, FL
2017 – “Art Boca Raton” Int’l Pavilion of the Palm Beaches at Florida Atlantic University
2017 – “Art Palm Beach” Palm Beach Convention Center
2005 – “Figuration” New Jersey Center for Visual Arts Gallery, NJ
2001 – “The NJ Fine Arts Annual”, The Noyes Museum of Art, NJ
2001 – “The Art of Collecting” New Jersey Center for Visual Arts Gallery, NJ
2000 – “Traveling Show” Morris Museum, Morristown, NJ & The Morris Museum of Art, Augusta, GA
2000 – “Annual Art Talent” New American Paintings, catalog show
1999 – “Acrylic painters, Works on Paper” CS Schulte Gallery, Millburn, NJ
1998 – “The New Jersey Fine Arts Annual”, The Montclair Art Museum, NJ, Catalog show
1998 – City Without Walls gallery, Newark, NJ
1998 – “In Defense of the Enigmatic” Seton Hall University School of Law, Newark, NJ, curated by Stephen Sennott from City Without Walls gallery
1997 – “Works on Paper” Pritz gallery, Mayville, NY
1997 – “Acrylic painters” CS Schulte Gallery, Millburn, NJ
1997 – JCB Int’l Co. Rockefeller Plaza, NYC, curated by Walter Wickiser gallery NYC
1997 – Three-person show, Simon gallery, Morristown, NJ
1996 – “Works on Paper” Four persons show. CS Schulte Gallery, Millburn, NJ
1996 – “Art for new collectors” CS. Schulte Gallery, Millburn, NJ
1995 – “Landscapes, Past and Present” CS. Schulte Gallery, Millburn, NJ
1994 – Ocean County College, Toms River, NJ
1994 – Watchung Arts Center, NJ
1994 – New Jersey Center for Visual Arts Gallery, NJ
1994 – Somerset County Cultural & Heritage Gallery, NJ
1994 – Marcella Geltman gallery, Art Center of Northern NJ
1994 – Ridgewood Art Center, NJ
1993 – Merill Lynch Corporate Headquarters Gallery, Princeton, NJ
1993 – The Williams gallery, Princeton, NJ
1988 – Visual Arts Gallery, New York, NY
GRANTS AND AWARDS
Mid-Atlantic Artists Fellowship 2001/2002.
Recipient of Geraldine Dodge Award, Artist in Residence, NJ series, 1997.
Rutgers University Innovative Works on Paper & Printmaking Project, 1998.
CURATORIAL AND ART ADVISORY
– 2000-2002 Merrill Lynch art advisor for the corporate art collections. Curated 2 annual art shows at HQ in Princeton, NJ.
– 1993-1999 MetLife art advisor for the corporate art collections. Curated 3 annual art shows featuring North East artists at the MetLife art gallery in New York City and Bridgewater, NJ.
SELECTED CURATED EXHIBITIONS
– “Printmaking Council of NJ at MetLife”.
– “A Mark of Excellence” a collection of art works from Raritan Valley College.
– “Looking within, Looking without” photographs by Ralph Maratta.
– “New York New York” “Selections from the Merrill Lynch collection” Rauschenberg, Motherwell, Oldenburg, among other leading artists.
– “African-American Artists” Selected works from Rutgers Center for Innovative Print & Paper, Ringgold, Gilliam, Brooker, Bullock, Burwell and Jarvis.
The Montclair Art Museum, Morris Museum, MetLife, Pulsar International Mexico, Lucent Technologies, Nabisco Company, Johnson & Johnson, Schering Plough Corp., The Dow Jones & Company, Merrill Lynch, Educational Testing Service, Tanagraphics Inc. NYC, and Numerous private collections.
PUBLICATIONS AND MEDIA REVIEWS
– Gallery quality 50 pages catalog of the artist artworks titled “Syria – Aleppo Urban Landscapes” 2015-2017 was published in conjunction with the Bailey Contemporary Arts, December 2017.
– Tadashi Nakamae, the International Economy magazine, 2003.
– Steven Zevitas, Publisher, The Open Studios Press, New American Paintings, 2001.
– Dan Bischoff, The Star Ledger, New Jersey Artists series, June 2000”.
– Ralph Bellantoni, Courier News, ‘Biennial’ show gives art a new dimension, March 2000.
– Tina Traster, NJ Savvy Living, “The art of collecting fine art a learning experience” June 2000.
– Rachel Mullen, Recorder News, “Geometry & whimsy combined” April 2000.
– William Zimmer, The New York Times, “An Annual Appraisal of the Urge to Innovate” July 19, 1998.
– Pakesha Pettus, Mount Olive Cronicles, July, 1998.
– Dan Bischoff, The Star Ledger, Choosing New Jersey “1998 NJ Fine Arts Annual”.
– The Recorder, Publishing News, NJ, January 1997.
– Matt Sheehan, The Examinar, Ocean County NJ, Oct.1994.
– Arnold Friedman, Date Line Journal, Passaic County newspaper, NJ, Feb. 1994.
– Emanuel Haller, The Courier News, Sumerset County newspaper, NJ, July 1993.
– School of Visual Arts annual exhibition book, 1983.
THE ART PROCCESS
The process of each painting is a simple 3 steps process in storytelling and follows a building construction, starting with a black and white loose sketch or underpainting of a realistic scene. The deconstruction process begins by applying translucent bold paint of strokes to finish with a fragmented expressionist painting of the scene. All my artwork are in series and some of the smaller format paintings final step is to assemble a minimum of six paintings to form one artwork and larger paintings are individual artworks.
MEDIA ARTICLES & PRESS RELEASES
Voyage Miami Magazine 1/18, 2018
Blasting News – Interview by Megan Meehan
PRESS RELEASES ARTICLES LINKS
ART PALM BEACH
Yahoo Finance – https://finance.yahoo.com/news/tony-khawams-vision-syrias-war-210400625.html
CBS News Channel 10 News – Texas (online media publishing, this is one of many published) http://www.newschannel10.com/story/37194800/tony-khawams-vision-of-syrias-war-torn-cities-aleppo-urban-landscapes-at-art-palm-beach-with-jeff-whymans-steel-figures-and-mkrtich-mazmanians
ABC News Kake.com Kansas – http://www.kake.com/story/37194800/tony-khawams-vision-of-syrias-war-torn-cities-aleppo-urban-landscapes-at-art-palm-beach-with-jeff-whymans-steel-figures-and-mkrtich-mazmanians
View digital sample of Khawam Art Catalogue: https://e.issuu.com/embed.html#31844974/55569936