Roula Chreim is an internationally acclaimed artist and curator. Between extensive traveling in her previous career and being displaced after her house was destroyed via war, “home” is a pivotal idea and crucial place that manifests from her psyche and heart in many of her works as well as in her life. As a young artist she painted small houses and meadows, inspired by her former town of Salhieh. Roula started painting at the young age of four years old, with great support from her parents and art teachers.
Throughout her life, Roula has been to more than 148 cities and communities in more than 37 different countries throughout the world. This enabled her the great opportunity to explore and delve into the cultural influences and origins of the art produced in those various communities, cities and countries. In accord with these travels, she has in her mixed-media canvases, incorporated objects found or seen during her extensive travels, with a portrayal of houses, homes or inhabitants of other cultures dominating many of her pieces.
Roula paints her figures, interior scenes and city scapes with an aesthetic that evokes Symbolism, Abstraction and German Expressionism. Some of here operatic and ballet scenes have bits of Degas in them, perhaps more in subjects matter than style. Her works retain many unique characteristics, such as her preference for abstracted human figures, buildings and compositions while her wonderful palette knife sketches are elegant, sophisticated and usually display a violin or cello, all setting a tonality of mood.
Her passion for color is displayed in her artwork along with her abstractions one will find a subtle quality that exudes sensuousness at its core, layered with romantic composure and compelling passion. Collectively, her oeuvre is made up of vivid expressionistic paintings that communicate profound feelings to the viewer.
“My art discipline enables sanity to prevail in these tiring times, while it covers a diverse range of both mediums and genres making it hard to catergorize me as an artist. I would not change this as for me it is the essence of the freedom I love in my process.”
Roula paints on wood, canvas, murals and metal, using oil, acrylic paint and mixed media. She has exhibited in Lebanon and abroad in solo, permanent and group exhibitions.