Alain Attar, "Arcade Rouge," mixed media, 60" x 41".
Born in Morocco and now residing in Vancouver, Alain Attar’s abstract paintings evoke feelings on many levels. Perhaps this is because, before he became a full-time painter, Attar worked as a psychoanalyst. A Canadian resident for 20 years, Attar creates his art using plaster, marble dust and dolomite sand on board. This mixed medium not only evokes impressions of Morocco, but also gives a sculptural feeling to his two-dimensional, abstract work. Colette Hubner of Wallace Galleries in Calgary says when she first saw Attar’s work in Vancouver, she fell in love with it. Apparently, she is not alone. Some of Attar’s pieces were bought by the Clinton administration and now hang in the White House. Attar is shown exclusively by Wallace Galleries. A show of Attar’s work begins October 5, 2002.