Lina Alattar (VA)

March 4-26, 2016

Embracing Abstraction

I draw from my varied life experiences to explore concepts that deal with evolving identity. Having lived on three continents by the age of 12, my work explores rootlessness, belonging, identity, and our shared human experience. These paintings are part of a series that explores ourselves and the world around us—our light, our shadows, our wholeness.

I have a long and passionate obsession with color, shape and space. I am especially attracted to emotive paradox – serene and chaotic, lush and messy, loose and intense – made tangible through the painted landscape. It is within this paradox that the magic is revealed, bringing a transient experience into view. It nudges me to pay attention to the rhythms, patterns, and colors—the underlying wonders surrounding us.

I constantly hold this same curiosity that once took us out of the caves, across the continents, and even out of our own blue planet. We have always been travelers, expanding the parameters of our identity, searching for aesthetic experience, while guiding us into our own wholeness.

Lina Alattar received her Bachelor of Fine Arts from Middle Tennessee State University with a major in graphic design and minor in painting. She continued her painting education in Gubio, Italy through an Art Study Program. Upon returning to the states, she pursuit painting at The George Washington University alongside a career in graphicdesign.

Lina continued working as a Creative Art Director in the graphic industry, earning numerous AAF Addy awards, as well as freelance work for the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC.

Currently Lina is a full time painter, with gallery representation at Touchstone Gallery in Washington, DC. She works out of her studio in Fairfax, VA. Her work can be seen in several regional galleries throughout the Washington, DC area.