Painting by Etel Adnan, via Badass Lady Creatives

If January is cold and grey in your neck of the woods, you may be in sore need of more color. One source of such cheerful vibrancy are Etel Adnan’s simplified landscape paintings.

Etel is a Lebanese artist who began adult life as a scholar and teacher of philosophy. Various wars of the mid-twentieth century led Etel to instead pursue expression through poetry writing and visual art; her writing has also found application in essays, journalism, and a novel entitled Sitt Marie-Rose.

Among her exhibited works, I’m particularly drawn today to the Documenta 13 exhibition from 2012:

Painting by Etel Adnan, via Badass Lady Creatives

Painting by Etel Adnan, via Badass Lady Creatives

Painting by Etel Adnan, via Badass Lady Creatives

I particularly appreciate how thickly Adnan lays down paint. Would love to see these in person.

 

Painting by Etel Adnan, via Badass Lady Creatives

Painting by Etel Adnan, via Badass Lady Creatives

Painting by Etel Adnan, via Badass Lady Creatives

Painting by Etel Adnan, via Badass Lady Creatives

Painting by Etel Adnan, via Badass Lady Creatives

Painting by Etel Adnan, via Badass Lady Creatives

Painting by Etel Adnan, via Badass Lady Creatives

Painting by Etel Adnan, via Badass Lady Creatives

Painting by Etel Adnan, via Badass Lady Creatives

See more paintings from this exhibition, or check out Etel Adnan’s website for a more extensive bio, visual art, and books.