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162 x 130 cm

Oil paints on canvas

(Waiting) epitomizes the themes dear to the artist: here, Parisian publictransportation, a place of transition and inspiration, appears like anambiguous in-between. The light, crucial in Bilal Hamdad’s work, shows thepassage; from darkness to clarity and from artificial light to daylight. Thetriviality of these often deserted places is transformed by the presence of acharacter who makes the moment unique, spontaneous. Frozen, he embodies theperpetual humdrum of routine, waiting, a snapshot of our time: both continuityand transition at the same time.

Born in 1987

Born in 1987 in Sidi Bel Abbès, Algeria.

Although he dreamed of becoming a football player, Bilal Hamdad enrolled at the Fine Arts School of Sidi Bel Abbès on his father’s suggestion and graduated in 2010. He then studied at the Fine Arts School of Bourges, then at the Beaux-Arts de Paris until 2018. After his first soloe xhibition, “Quatre Chemins”, at H Gallery Paris, he was awarded the Fondation Colas Prize 2020. He now works and lives in Paris. His oil paints made after photographs show urban places, often crossing points, where isolated characters are represented in transit. With a melancholy feel reminding Edward Hopper’s work, Bilal Hamdad’s paintings explore in-betweens, the transition from secret to revelation, from intimacy to sharing, from invisible to public, like illustrations to Marc Augé’s concept of “non-places”.


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