Rached El-Assaad was born in Ivory Coast in 1945, and moved to Lebanon as a child. He subsequently studied art at the American University of Beirut. Rached relocated to England, where his career in the Health Service saw his involvement in hospital art. During this period he exhibited his own work on a regular basis, and was also commissioned to produce various artworks for the Trust headquarters and prestigious private clients.
Rached paints predominately in acrylic and oil on canvas, producing both large scale and intimate pieces. His work is varied and multi-dimensional, his use of colour vibrant and powerful. He draws his inspiration from his memory of objects, places and events, in order that the originality of his work is not influenced by physical limitations.
Although his work underwent a progression from impressionism to abstract, his love for the former ensures that from time to time he revisits the impressionist style in some of his paintings. True to form his paintings continue to be the product of felt emotions and prevailing moods, rather than a conscious attempt at representational art or the execution of preconceived ideas.
His recent works were produced in both his studios in the Manchester area and in Mirabel Aux Baronies (a medieval picturesque village in Provence) resulting in a detectable influence on the finished work.
Rached has successfully exhibited in various galleries and venues in the north west of England, in his home country of Lebanon and in the south of France where he spends part of the year.
Rached can be contacted via:
The Blyth Gallery Manchester Tel: 0161-236 1004. Fax: 0161-228 0633.
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