EYES OF A CHILD
For the past seven years, Syrian artist Elias Izoli has been living in his home country, quietly observing the people around him, most notably in the way they’re reacting to the seemingly endless war that has destroyed large swathes of their land.
In an enthralling exhibit appropriately titled “Seven Years” and now showing at Ayyam Gallery in Beirut, the artist unveils his latest works, all featuring children, some with hunched shoulders, others with haunting stares and looking directly at the viewer. The colors the artist uses are somber but soft, adding an emotional punch to the artworks. With his intimate, sensitive paintings, Izoli captures that atmosphere of Syria as he’s experienced it over the past seven years.