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Nabil Nahas and the relationship between geometry and nature: a look at the Tethys exhibition at Lawrie Shabibi.

As we immerse ourselves in Nahas's 'Tethys' exhibition at Lawrie Shabibi in Dubai, we are invited to explore the intricate relationship between geometry and nature in his recent works.

CANVAS Magazine Being Natural: Nabil Nahas at Lawrie Shabibi . Laura Cherrie BeaneyDecember 2023

Tethys, the solo show by Nabil Nahas at Lawrie Shabibi, sees a retreat into nature in the face of challenging realities.

Bursts of colour and a personal fusion of geometry and nature characterise the oeuvre of Lebanese-American artist, Nabil Nahas, who has returned to Lawrie Shabibi for his solo exhibition, Tethys. Born in 1949 in Beirut, the artist’s youth was divided between Egypt and Lebanon before he left to study in the USA. A graduate of Yale’s Fine Art program, he was a student of American Abstract Expressionist painter, Al Held, whose influence left an imprint on his artistic practice. Situating himself amidst the cultural landscape of 1970s New York, Nahas immersed himself in the artistic milieu of the moment.

ASIAN ART News Paper Les Racines Du Ciel

The first reaction triggered by the exhibition Les Racines du Giel is that Nabil Nahas (b 1949 in Lebanon) is by no means a painter whose work has developed in a linear way. On the contrary, even after a career spanning over more than 40 years, his practice remains exciting, challenging, unpredictable, at times seemingly contradictory, but ultimately, everything makes sense and falls into place.


from the Deep sea to the cosmos ...


The new exhibition by Nabil Nahas at Château La Coste in the south of France gathers together all of the celebrated Lebanese-American artist’s favourite things: starfish, fractals, geometry and the boundless universe.
Words by Y-Jean Mun-Delsalle


Set out across two spaces at the glorious Château La Coste, Nabil Nahas’s exhibition ‘Grounded in the Sky’ simultaneously explores the wonder of nature and the fragility of humankind 

NEPTUNE Words of Wisdom

The Parisian appartement of Nabil Nahas sits overlooking a lush courtyard a stone’s throw away from the Place de l’Opera. The space, where the artist has lived for just over two years, is filled with a museum worthy collection of Jean Royère furniture. “Things I had in storage” he says, waving around the room at the goat hair covered Baquet armchair. “I didn’t want the space to feel too bourgeois” he adds with a smile when I point out the bare electric wires poking out from behind a light fixture.

OPINION INTERNATIONAL Se reconnecter à la nature et au cosmos avec l’artiste Nabil Nahas au Château La Coste

Pour sa première exposition personnelle en France, « Les Racines du ciel » présentée par CMS Collection au Château La Coste jusqu’au 13 juin 2023, Nabil Nahas réunit deux facettes essentielles de son travail, ses constellations, leurs références géométriques, et son travail plus intime qui prend racine au Liban. Il fait le choix de présenter ensemble ses séries « Spiral/trees » réunissant là ses inspirations : le végétal, le vivant et les cieux. « La nature, la géométrie, sont le début de tout. Le nombre d’or qui ressort de la façon dont une tige pousse. » Nabil Nahas

FORBES Nabil Nahas Links Sea And Sky In His New Exhibition At Chateau La Coste

Celebrated for his three-dimensional, multi-layered paintings marrying geometry and nature and bursting with vivid color and texture, Lebanese-American artist Nabil Nahas’ first solo exhibition in France, “Grounded in the Sky”, proposes two series of recent works and a never-before-seen outdoor sculpture – his largest to date – evoking a mysterious marine creature. On show until June 13, 2023 at Château La Coste in Provence, the artworks are spread across two gallery spaces of the wine estate: the Renzo Piano Pavilion and the Old Wine Storehouse rehabilitated by Jean-Michel Wilmotte. Large-scale cosmic “Constellation” compositions, referencing both seabed and sky, appear to be pulsating, in perpetual movement, while tortured, apocalyptic depictions of trees emblematic of his homeland – cedars, olives and palms – transform the space into a gallery of botanical portraits, where each appears to lay bare its soul, as viewers are plunged into the artist’s heavy-hearted mental landscape. I sit down with Nahas to discuss his origins and the creative process behind the works in this exhibition.

POINT DE VUE Aborigene du Levant
ARAB NEWS Les racines du ciel, la première exposition en France de Nabil Nahas au Château La Coste

PARIS: Nabil Nahas, un artiste peintre et sculpteur libano-américain, né en 1949 à Beyrouth et diplômé des beaux-arts à l’université de Yale en 1972, a exposé dans les plus grands musées et galeries à travers le monde, dont Sperone Westwater et Holly Solomon Gallery, à New York; Baumgartner Gallery, à Washington; Milleventi, à Milan; Boston Museum; Lawrie Shabibi, à Dubaï; Saleh Barakat Gallery, à Beyrouth; Ben Brown Fine Arts, à Hong Kong ou encore au British Museum. Il présente ses œuvres pour la première fois en France au Château La Coste, à Aix-en-Provence, du 1er avril au 13 juin 2023.

L Orient Le jourApril 2023

Nabil Nahas enveloppe le Château La Coste dans sa magie...À la faveur de « Racines du ciel », sa première exposition solo française accueillie au Château La Coste et dont la production a été confiée à CMS Collection, l’artiste américano-libanais déploie les différentes nuances et textures de son œuvre protéiforme, entre ses constellations qui lient l’infime à l’infini, et ses oliviers troublants d’humanité. Il présente également ses sculptures secouées d’une magie qui est la sienne...

CoteSudApril 2023
LUNCHEON Nabil Nahas in conversation with Gilles Khoury2021
SELECTIONS Sanctuaries. Nabil NahasJan.2021

New York-based  American-Lebanese artist Nabil Nahas grew up in Cairo and Beirut and studied fine arts at Yale University. Over the course of a phenomenal career, the 69-year-old artist has had exhibits at some of New York’s most important galleries, in addition to exhibits in Paris, Beirut and São Paulo, always reinventing himself by exploring new artistic techniques. Throughout the years, his paintings have been abstract, pointillistic or impressionistic, and sometimes a mixture of all three techniques. Most recently, his works have been inspired by Lebanon’s magnificent cedar trees, providing a moving artistic tribute to the country of his birth

BLOUINART Lebanon's 75 Years of Independence

Nabil Nahas creates stamp for Lebanon's 75 Years of Independence

Liban Post 's New Stamp Independance of Liban
L orient le jour Lebanon's 75th anniversary of independance

New York-based artist Nabil Nahas was born in Beirut in 1949, then spent his formative years between Egypt and Lebanon before leaving for the United States to attend college. Now, Nahas still periodically returns to his birthplace. He started painting at a young age and quickly became interested in abstraction.....


Canvas Cover . About AmericaMarch 20017

AYK: Why do you think the Americans elected Trump?

NN: This is a very serious political question....

Canvas Nabil Nahas .About AmericaMarch 2017

It’s clear that everything that is happening is alarming, to say the least, but I would definitely prefer to educate rather than retaliate. 

NY TIMES. J. Russel1987

Nabil Nahas and Alain Kirili (Holly Solomon Gallery, 724 Fifth Avenue, at 57th Street): Looking at Nabil Nahas's new paintings is like walking into a Latin American rain forest

Opium & Candy by Nathan Kernanjune 2005

Nabil Nahas is an American painter whose work does not so much “contain multitudes” as it reconciles opposites. Whether implicitly or explicitly, Nahas’s work explores extremes of size, scale, temperature and mood; and seemingly polarized concepts such as nature and artifice, materiality and immateriality

PARIS ART by Pierre-Évariste DouaireMarch 23 - May 28. 2005

Peintre de la nature et de la géométrie, Nabil Nahas travaille avec un plan précis. Les toiles qu'il livre sont à la fois rigoureuses et luxuriantes. Attaché à rendre compte d'un univers en mutation, il n'en oublie pas moins que le monde est régi par des règles biendéterminées.

Nabil Nahas by Donald Kuspit1999

It must be hard to give painterliness a new twist these days, but Nabil Nahas’s recent abstract works manage to do so. Literally building up the painterly surface, shaping a mixture of ground pumice and acrylic into what look like organic forms, which he then repaints, the artist gives gesture fresh resonance. His richly textured surfaces, teeming with life and often …


For Lebanese painter, Nabil Nahas, memories of an experience in nature serve as inspiration for his optically-charged paintings of starfish and olive trees. Nahas invited ARTINFO to his New York City studio to preview works for his upcoming exhibit.

World Nomads Lebanon2010

Lebanese-American artist Nabil Nahas, whose work has been exhibited all over the world, brings his striking, large-scale works—including a few new pieces—to FIAF’s Gallery.

Nabil Nahas' Fractals2014

Nabil Nahas brings his inimitable sense of scale, opulence, and sheer sumptousness back to Dubai this November with a second solo exhibition at Lawrie Shabibi. Focusing this time on his three-dimensional paintings, as tactile as they are optical,

By Anna Seaman

After a particularly heavy storm in 1991, the artist Nabil Nahas took a walk along Southampton Beach in Long Island, New York, and found it littered with starfish, spewed out by the recently tumultuous sea.

Nabil Nahas by W. Lawrie2010

Well before the current heightened interest in contemporary art of the Middle East, Nahas had established his reputation in New York art circles as a master of colour, texture and atmosphere. 

Whitewall Nabil Nahas: Process and perceptionApril 30,2013

Nabil Nahas is a delight. We met with him early this year at his studio in Chelsea, overlooking the Hudson, as he was putting the finishing touches on his solo show at Sperone Westwater  (on view through  May 4 ).

Asian Art By Olivia SandFebruary 2016

If one person has found his vocation in painting it is unquestionably Nabil Nahas. Not only does he have a communicative love for the medium, but also his work is testimony to his dedication to and joy of exploring painting 


Art in America Portraits of Paradise, From Memory: Nabil NahasNovember 2014

Nabil Nahas is perhaps best known for dense, monochromatic acrylic paintings that employ the rigid geometries of Islamic patterning. 

The National Nabil Nahas shows his paintings in LondonOctober 2014

We saw your paintings in a solo show in Lawrie Shabibi (Fractals) in November and some of your older work at Art Dubai in March.

Painter's Table Nabil Nahas: InterviewApril 2013

Tabitha Piseno interviews painter Nabil Nahas on the occasion of the exhibition of new paintings at Sperone Westwater, New York, on view from April 5 - May 4, 2013.

Bomb MagazineApril 2013

Born in Beirut in 1949, Nabil Nahas spent the first decade of his life in Cairo before returning to his native country of Lebanon, where he remained until 1968.