Figuring deep in the work of Nasser Hussein is the idea of loneliness, or the alleviation of it. He depicts the solitary individual experiences in life, even in the passing moments of the day that one hardly remembers. His works impart the emotional sensation of being completely alone and, when on occasion there are two figures, it feels as if they were living in their own bubble, in unison together.
Born in Aleppo, Nasser Hussein (1971) received his degree from the Faculty of Fine Arts, Damascus University and studied at Siegen University, Düsseldorf Academy of Art and received a scholarship from KAAD (Katholischer Akademischer Ausländer-Dienst).
Hussein paints faceless distant figures that are timeless in their renditions. Using acrylics and watercolors in tones of earthy yellows, browns and slightly cooler greys, his surface appears powdery and matte. These mostly flat backgrounds have minimal – if any – embellishments and the figures appear to exist in a void or vacuum.
Nasser Hussein has had solo and group exhibitions in venues such as Art-Lab, Berlin; Museum of Bad Berleburg, Germany; Hilbert Raum, Berlin; Meem Gallery, Dubai; Galerie Tanit, Beirut; Agial Art Gallery, Beirut; Mashrabia Gallery, Cairo; among others in Aleppo, Amman, Bonn, Brussels, Damascus, Düsseldorf, Cologne and Istanbul. He has also participated in the Cairo Biennial, Egypt and the Latakia Biennial, Syria.