Nabil Nahas spent his first ten years in Cairo and then settled in Lebanon. At the time, he was deeply influenced by both European modernism and Islamic art. He moved to the United States and received an MFA at Yale in 1971. Nahas' work often explores the emergence of order from disorder through patterns, fractals, and labyrinths. He mixes substances such as pumice, volcanic rock, and powder with paint to create textures that, once laid out on large-scale canvases, mirror what he refers to as "the geometry of nature." His paintings examine the reiteration of a single organic form through color, contrast, and abstraction. Nahas has exhibited throughout the United States and Europe.
Inscription: Signed and dated (on reverse): N. Nahas 79-80
private collection (until 1981; their gift to MMA)
Bronx Museum of the Arts. "Made in New York," Mar 25–April 29 1982, no catalogue.
New York. Queens Museum of Art. "Twentieth Century Art from The Metropolitan Museum of Art: Selected Recent Acquisitions," July 16–October 16, 1983, no catalogue.