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Credit: Work by Reiad Serafi-Najjar
Reiad Serafi-Najjar has been drawing from ever since he picked up a pencil. He started off with graphite and charcoal art. Reiad enjoys producing detailed expressive portraits that aim to speak to the viewer in many different ways.
Growing up in the Canterbury Bankstown area, he was influenced by a lot of different styles of street art. He likes observing the vivid large scale detailed works that can be seen while taking a train ride around the city.
Reiad mainly uses airbrush, acrylic and spray paint when producing his work. Lately he has been moving towards creating large scale 3D optical illusions as he appreciates the planning and thought that goes into the work before it is produced and the final work give the viewer a 'wow' factor.
The three painting presented at INCUBATE Gallery were rendered using a variation of airbrush and spray paint mediums. The viewer immediately notices the close up faces looking directly at them making an instant connection, many different emotions are portrayed in each artwork while they stare into what lures in outside world.
Whether it's the terminator giving a dangerous unfazed expression, the god father peering out at the onlooker showing both his ruthlessness and pride through his journey to the top or Connor Mcgregor's fearless approach to the world, not letting anyone stop him while he dominates his next opponent.
Collectively these displays depict the power of expression which is left to be interpreted by each viewer without the use of speech. There is no need for words a painting is more than enough.