Tamam Azzam's ordinary masterpieces
Syrian artist Tamam Azzam was born in Damascus, Syria in 1980.
He graduated from the Faculty of Fine Arts in the University of Damascus in 2001. In 2003, he got his degree in oil painting from the September Academy at the academy of arts (Darat al-Funun) in Amman, Jordan.
He chose linen, washed and spread, in a bold move for a unique project that could have been disapproved by his audience. Coming from a desolate community that lacked support in his endeavors he still mesmerized his loyal fans.
“I adore the city life with all its complexities and details. It is way better than living in a locale devoid of any distinguishing features of its own,” he said. “I am working on the impact people may leave on places. At the end of the day, I am narrating stories of places which people abandoned.”
It may seem that rich experience dares the artist to embark on such projects. “I never confine myself to a specific color, subject or technique. I do whatever pops up in my mind amid these heaps of choices,” he said.
Azzam believes art is ageless due to the legacies left behind after the death of artists that linger long after their demise.