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Storytelling’s Power Reveals the Beauty in Destruction

Storytelling’s Power Reveals the Beauty in Destruction
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American artist, curator, and creative designer Tony Khawam’s recent work and curated exhibitions are influenced by the unfathomable unrest in Syria. For many creatives, like Khawam, their homeland informs both their artwork and their deeply personal stories behind their creation. There’s no better example of this than Khawam. Born in Aleppo, Syria and currently living in Florida, he believes that stories bring power to art and make the work more compelling. For him, art is a form of expression that facilitates an exchange of cultures and ideas conveyed through the viewer’s aesthetic experience of the work.

American Artist and Curator Tony KhawamIn this podcast, Tony talks about his vision as an artist, marketing strategies as an artist and gallery owner, and the two things that potential buyers consider when looking at art. He also shares the qualities he looks for when curating work and identifying artists to exhibit.

Khawam’s primary focus is of his birthplace – the city of Aleppo with urban scenes of collapsed apartment floors, fallen balconies, curved rooftops, debris and punched holes in building facades. The painting series reveal haunting and disturbing scenes and intentionally was painted with a palette of joyful color fields and shapes that emerge from the canvas with a vigorous life-force.

About the author

Steve Schlackman

As a photographer and Patent Attorney with a background in marketing, Steve has a unique perspective on art, law and business. He is currently serving as the VP of Product Innovation at Orangenius, where he hopes that his many interactions with the various members of the Orangenius community will provide lots of important material for Artrepreneur. You can find his photogrphy at or through Emmanuel Fremin Gallery in NYC.

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