David DAOUD

ARTIST STATEMENT

Many of my paintings revolve around the theme of estrangement. This is perhaps because since childhood, art helped me to cope with my isolation. 

From the time I went to boarding school in Beirut while my parents lived in Gabon, to the time we fled Lebanon because of the civil war, to the time I went alone to live with my brother in France – I felt the loss of affection, the loss of a home.  

My artistic dream never faded despite these disruptions, and after many challenges, I was eventually able to study at the l’Ecole Nationale Superieure des Decoratifs in Paris under the master sculptor, Charles Auffret. I intended to be a sculptor like him, but he helped me understand that I could also express myself through the canvas. 

For me, a work of art is the expression of temper, and I need to love things to be able to create. 

It is perhaps for this reason that many of my paintings carry a sense of nostalgia and longing. I have lived in the Middle East, Africa, and Europe, and my landscape paintings struggle to capture this constant longing for my home – wherever that may be. 

I like sunny landscapes from the Mediterranean Sea, but I sometimes I work on vaporous landscapes, full of clouds. I also love natural, rolling French landscapes. 

The colors and sensibilities of these locales call to me when I paint. My preferred and dominant color is blue, which along with neutral and somber grays, speaks of the calm and restraint of French culture. 

Nevertheless, I also need warmth in my paintings – dense yellows, reds and golds – a preference that may stem from Beirut. These tones wake the painting up. I like to provoke rich impressions through colors, warm or cold. 

Another important element of my paintings are faces. They face is what expresses humanity – the more characters there are in a painting, the more unique personalities there are. 

I do not pretend, however, to paint realistic portraits of individuals. What matters to me is the human expression – I want flesh and soul inside it. When I do portraits, I try to create an expression not according to their facial traits but to what I’m trying to say about them. 

Each source of inspiration is directed toward a specific format according to their narratives. The bigger the format, the more the painting needs to be enriched it in all ways: with colors, shades and texture. You need to stimulate people’s eyes. 

All of this is actual, intellectual and physical work, but at the same time, art is also spiritual. To create beauty, there must be a communion with it. Everything relates to love. 

EXHIBITIONS

Prizes

2013 Lefranc Bourgeois painting prize

2011 Premier prix Frédéric de Carfort of the Fondation de France

2006 Bronze medal of the Conseil Général des Yvelines

Selected Exhibits

2016-2017

Musée Tavet-Delacour, Pontoise

Beirut Art Fair, Foire d’art contemporain, Liban

Artiste d’ouverture au Festival de musique classique d’Auvers-sur-Oise

Exposition au ministère de l’Économie et des Finances

Galerie Matthieu Dubuc, Rueil-Malmaison

Galerie Bourdette-Gorskowski, Honfleur

Cathédrale de Rouen, exposition personnelle

Galerie Exode Beyrouth Achrafieh, Liban

Galerie Agora, Honfleur

2007-2015

Galerie Matthieu Dubuc, Rueil-Malmaison

Galerie MC Art Space, Beyrouth, Liban

River Gallery, Bratislava, Slovaquie

Galerie Maison des Muses, Rueil-Malmaison

Carrousel du Louvre, « Les grands maîtres de demain », Paris

Grand Palais, « Comparaison », Paris

David’s Gallery, Honfleur

Espace Roger Ikor, La-Frette-sur-Seine

Art Élysées, Foire d’art moderne et contemporain Paris

Galerie Schwab Beaubourg, Paris

Galerie La Source, Fontaine-lès-Dijon


BODY OF WORK
  • David Daoud — Azur
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  • David Daoud — Below the tree
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  • David Daoud — Blue magnolia
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  • David Daoud — Cherry blossom
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  • David Daoud — Duo
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  • David Daoud — Figure
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  • David Daoud — Green figure
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  • David Daoud — Impression
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  • David Daoud — Magnolia
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  • David Daoud — Mallow magnolia
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  • David Daoud — Seaside
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  • David Daoud — The offering
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  • David Daoud — The procession
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  • David Daoud — The Source
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  • David Daoud — Yellow figure
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