Omar Hassan Italy, b. 1987
Omar HassanBreaking Through Lambrate #10, 2017Acrylic on canvas180 x 200 cm
70.9 x 78.7 in
Omar HassanBreaking Through Lambrate #12, 2017Acrylic on canvas180 x 200 cm
70.9 x 78.7 in
Omar HassanBreaking Through Lambrate #15, 2017Acrylic on canvas180 x 200 cm
70.9 x 78.7 in
Omar HassanDal 2 Settembre 2016 al 5 gennaio 2017, 2016/2017Spray paint on canvas190 x 200 cm
74.8 x 78.7 in
Omar HassanCAP 898, 2016Spray can caps in plexiglas case75 x 75 x 5 cm
29.5 x 29.5 x 2 in
Omar HassanDo the Right Thing, 2016Spray paint on canvas.200 x 150 cm
78.7 x 59.1 in
Omar HassanGuantone dx, 2016Mixed media on punching glove30 x 15 x 12 cm
11.8 x 5.9 x 4.7 in
Omar HassanAcid, 2015Spray paint on canvas and wood frame170 x 140 cm
66.9 x 55.1 in
Omar HassanEleven Injections of Colour, 2015Spray paint on canvas and wood frame163 x 133 cm
64.2 x 52.4 in
Omar HassanLight Blue, 2015Spray paint on canvas and wood frame193 x 133 cm
76.0 x 52.4 in
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“In boxing, as in life, you are alone: Boxing requires hard work and daily effort. When you are knocked down, you must get back up on your feet and continue to fight.”
Born in Milan, Italy in 1987
Omar Hassan graduated from the Brera Academy of Fine Arts in 2010, and after several group and solo exhibitions, he was invited by Vittorio Sgarbi; curator of the Italian Pavilion, to exhibit at the 2011 54th Venice Biennale.
After 10 years of training in the professional boxing ring, Hassan was disqualified when a diagnosis of diabetes was discovered, being unable to fully explore his passion, Hassan returned to his other love; investing all his energy into the artistic practice.
In a series of paintings called "Breaking Through" Hassan combines painting and performance in his vigorously gestural technique inspired by his boxing career which involves dipping his boxing gloves into paint and punching onto a large canvas. Yet the "Injections" series consisted of paintings with single dots of colour with streams of paint issuing from the nucleus. They refer to his daily shots of insulin from being diabetic.
Hassan says he finds inspiration in the work of graffiti pioneers such as Jean-Michel Basquiat and in Jackson Pollock's masterful abstractions, but he doesn't feel to be categorised according to one style only. His work takes various forms, from whimsical dappled splotches to lines of wet paint that drip down to a street installation of raised cubes covered in rainbow tones. Furthermore, both his multilayered works on canvas and those cast in plaster or bronze reflect his trademark attention to materiality.
Hassan has created several public works in Italy and the UK. These include One Wall at the Palazzo della Regione in Milan, the Museo Mille Miglia in Brescia, the Accademia delle Belle Arti Aldo Galli in Como and Colour Cube in London's Brick Lane, the redecoration of a concrete bollard located alongside the East London Line. They all make use of his signature motif found in the injections series.
Among the latest exhibtions,Breaking Through Black Berlin at the Luisa Catucci Gallery in Berlin and Sopra | Sotto at the Prometeo Gallery in Milan.
BREAKING THE HABITOmar Hassan 27 May - 4 Sep 2020We are delighted to announce that you can enjoy Omar Hassan's beautiful pieces in our double virtual exhibitions: visit it in our VR Gallery on Art Gate VR, the art market in virtual reality, using the Art Gate VR APP onto your Oculus Go or Quest VR headset and on our website.
Cris Contini Contemporary Art Gallery, London
Art Gate International 2021The Global Modern and Contemporary Art Fair in Virtual Reality 15 - 18 Apr 2021Cris Contini Contemporary at Art Gate International 2021 | The Global Modern and Contemporary Art Fair in Virtual Reality 15-18 April 2021 Cris Contini Contemporary ad Art Gate International 2021 | La fiera mondiale di arte Moderna e Contemporanea in Realtà Virtuale 15-18 Aprile 2021
ArtVerona Digital 20204 - 14 Dec 2020This year Art Verona inaugurates its new digital format ART VERONA DIGITAL 2020. Do not miss Cris Contini Contemporary's selection, until 14th December.