When looking at the artwork of Samir Sammoun, it’s apparent that he is not trying to create a realistic piece depicting what the eye can see. Through his use of color and the energy in his brushstrokes, Sammoun opens his soul and bares the raw emotion that he associates with the view. This is further evidenced through his choice of subject matter. Time and again, Sammoun takes us back to places that are dear to him; the grove of olive trees in Joun, Lebanon where his family owns a 1,000 year old olive plantation, lavender fields in Bekaa Valley or the lush landscapes around Quebec where he has resided since the age of twenty-one, just to name a few.
There is an ethereal quality to his work that isn’t unintentional. He says, “I try to show the texture of nature on the canvases and I place color side by side without blending it. I want to make the person looking at my painting feel the color of the sky, the temperature of the air and the breeze in the apple trees or wheat stalks.”
It is an exciting time at J. R. Mooney Galleries. We are bringing in new pieces of art and introducing new artists to San Antonio. We have also added inventory to our already extensive supply of ready made frames. We replenished stock on some of our best selling favorites in standard sizes, but have expanded our inventory to include sizes not typically considered to be standard dimensions.
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