Biography and Statement:
If you have seen a Sally
K painting in real life, it most likely made you stop and stare.
Her art work is aggressively bold and yet alluring in all its femininity.
The 25-year-old Lebanese painter’s unique mix of fashion and pop
culture is what characterizes her work as fun, flirty and feminine.
Since graduating from the Lebanese American University with a degree
in Fine Art in 2005, Sally Khoury’s artwork has been displayed in
various gallery spaces, bars, clubs, and restaurants across Beirut.
Sally Khoury’s art pushes the boundaries of understanding and defining
women. She interprets what others commonly view as flaws into artistic
expression in the large eyes, full pursed lips, and wild hair. Her
art does not attempt to define “woman,” but instead questions the
current definitions of the Arab woman. “I would hate to think that
the women from this region are only portrayed as docile, traditional,
and subservient or oppressed” she says. Her use of large canvas,
vivacious color, movement, and expression all play a role in conveying
The many ways she paints women and the interpretations of her subject
illustrate her endless
creativity. Sally K is constantly thinking of new ways to express
the many characteristics of
women she sees in Arab culture using a range of colors, textures,
and styles. “Right now,” she
says, “I enjoy being able to try new things in my artwork, like
adding different textures, and
combining realistic and abstract styles.” Her fans can only wonder
at how many different ways
Sally K can interpret her love and awe of the female creature onto
Lebanese Artists Association, Jan 2009 Verdan, Lebanon “New Artists
* Gallery Surface Libre, 2007 Odylic Solo Gallery Show, Jal el Dib,
Art Louge, 2006 Imagining Ourselves “Shoo tabkha ya mara?”(Joint
* Art Lounge, 2005 Glamour Girls Premiere Solo Gallery Show, Beirut,
Paul Guiragossian Museum, 2004 Jabal exhibition (Joint exhibition)
Art Academy for Artists and Painters in Beirut, 2004 Beirut (Joint
Aishti Magazine Anniversary, Fakra, August 08
Deir El Amar Lebanese Painters Exhibition, July 08
Rare Restaurant Achrafieh April 08
IC school Hamra June 08
Café De Prague Hamra December 07
Cream Saifi Village
Matignion Gallery Horsh Tabet
Drops Batroun (permanent)
Cloud Nine Jemaizeh (permanent)
Tribecca Monnot (April)
MILK Jemaizeh (Permanent)
Gauche Caviar Jemaizeh (Permanent)
Lina’s Café Down Town Beirut
ESCWA Riad El Solh (Joint exhibition)
Tapas Jemaizeh (Permanent)
Zinc Achrafieh (March)
The Basement Jemaizeh
“KHAM” Rawdah High School: Autumn Art Exhibit (Joint exhibition)
Zinc Achrafieh (December-January)
Tribecca Monot café
Lina’s Café Down town
Zinc Achrafieh pub
Article Reviews of Exhibitions: Magazines, Newspapers, Web
* Oasis Magazine, March 2009
* Platinum Magazine, March 2009
* Jaras Magazine, Feb 2009
* Cedar Wings Magazine, 2008
* Luma, Our Voice magazine. Najd School April 2008
* Art Review, April 2008, Lamasat, Art Decoration magazine
* Touma, Serene. Phonecia Hotel Magazine, Beirut March 2008
* Art Review, June 2007, Al-Balad Newspaper article
* Art Review, June 2007 Al-Nahar Newspaper article
* “Une projection narcissique, une vision romantique” La Revue du
Liban, June 2007.
* Fares, Lopitta Kattan. Stylist Magazine, Issue 6 Beirut, 2007
* Labaki, Richard. Lifestyle Magazine – Dubai, 2007
* Elmanawy, Yasser. Flair Magazine – Dubai, 2007
* Corm, Carole. Bespoke Magazine article Issue 6, 2007 Beirut
* Art Review, 2007. Al- Jamila Magazine, Qatar www.jamila-qatar.com
* L’orient du jour Newspaper article. “Les peintures de Sally Khoury:
du glamour dans l’air du temps” June 2007. By Z.Z
* Skin Magazine Feature, 2007. Interview with Nadine Fares Khalil
* Cover Photo, December 2006. Agenda Culturel, Lebanon
* Chatila, Yasmine. “When I grow up I want to be…” April 2006, travel-to-lebanon.com/weblog
* “Les ‘Glamour Girls’ de Sally K. a Art Lounge.” September 2005
L’orient Le Jour, Art et Culture.
* Art Review, December 2005. Stylist Magazine, Lebanon.
- LBC sat Live “3isho ma3na”
- Mazaj program on Future News Television September 2008
- Al Rai Tv, Stylik program. September 2008
- Rotana Musica Tv. “Candy Girls” Episode 2, entitled: Picture This.
- Alaan Tv - Baity
- LBC TV Odylic Exhibition Opening
- New TV
- Orbit Television
- Future Television. Odylic Exhibition opening
- Tele Liban. Odylic Exhibition opening
- Alyoum Television.“The eyes of Beirut” Live Interview
- Future Television. Sara Khoury. English News
- Al- Jazeera Television
- Darine Hadchiti Music video clip
Throughout my artistic development, I have explored many phases
in my artwork: abstract, realistic, expressionistic, and pop art.
Since I have enjoyed working in all these different styles, my newest
work collectively incorporates the styles to achieve an eclectic
vision of beauty.
My subjects are the various faces and personalities of the female
psyche. My work attempts to explore the independent, beautiful,
confident, and self-satisfying woman; the kind of woman we all strive
Most of the female physical characteristics I draw are overstated-drawn
on large canvases - as a reflection of the modern definition of
beauty placed on women. Inspiration for such works is derived from
the world of beauty, fashion magazines and the glamorous lifestyle.
Lebanon is a very trendy cosmopolitan country whose women strive
to be seen at their best. I love exploring that aspect of women
and their fight for independence and freedom through the application
of the material world.
My main goal as an artist is to continue creating something innovative
and novel that will undoubtedly attract the viewer’s attention.
I grow up I want to be (Posted by 'The Flavor of Beirut' under Arts
by Yasmine Chatila Monday 10, April 2006)
Who? Sally Khoury, painter
Where? Blush. Achrafieh, Monnot Street
When I grow up I want to be an actress.” As a child Sally
Khoury dreamt of seeing her face projected on the big screen. Today
the 24 year old Lebanese erects the faces of her characters across
the canvas of her paintings.
Graduating from the Lebanese American University with a degree in
Fine Arts less than two years ago, Sally has already exhibited her
work in various spaces in Lebanon. Her large canvases of women's
portraits have graced walls from cafés to museums. Currently
exhibiting a slide show of her work in Blush, Sally feels that her
entry into the “pop-culture” art arena was smooth and
fast; an expreience that most young artists today cannot share.
The all female cast of characters emerging from Sally's workshop
are diverse in style, her older work marked with a hint of manga
flavor and newer pieces hitting the viewer with an explosion of
colors. Nevertheless, all her women have a characteristic in common.
They exude confidence; they are bold, beautiful and sensual. I paint
what I know; since I am a woman I paint women.”
Having grown up in the Arab world and seeing the differential treatment
of men and women, Sally wants her paintings to reflect an empowerment
of women. The femailes have the power, it is in their hands. She
says with a delighted expression in her eyes.
Albeit her emerging career in Lebanon; this young artist plans on
earning a Masters Degree abroad. She believes in the exploration
and evolution of her art. Although she has found a style that works
for her now, it can always change. Sally's advice for painters:
painting just random colors on canvas? Is it passion, love, talent…?
Well it is all that and more. It's an attitude, it's a
free zone for expression, and to Sally it's a way for marking
her vision and bringing it to life. Bold scenes from the new generation
and its glamorous societies lure your eyes and infatuate you by
the ingenious blend of realistic and abstract images. Her concepts
carry feminist declarations where women puffed up with vanity stand
tall in their nakedness. You can actually see them eyeing you as
if making a stand against conventional persona of naked women in
portraits, where they are usually week, humble and ashamed of their
nakedness. With her artistic approach, Sally liberates women into
a world of beauty, sexiness, pride, power and independence.
This ambitious artist focuses on the concept of each artwork but
at the same time brings out the colors and textures that would perfectly
fit and liven up its ambiance. No wonder they were exhibited in
several renowned locations like Zinc, Lina’s café,
Tribecca and Art Lounge. From glamour girls to vodka girls,
Sally’s work is based on developing glamour through vivid
affects and impressive portraits of women with a dash of exaggeration
Corner from the workshop of the artist - Located in Antelias, Beirut
of the artist's artwork
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