A Past Life That Exists For Nostalgia, 2017-Present


Toronto based artist Ibrahim Abusitta paints inviting yet eerie group portraits of fun gatherings and social spaces in his series "A Past Life that Exists for Nostalgia"


Each painting is filled with an ominous wash of colour, a rust orange, neon fuchsia, and muted burgundy, tinting the scenes with an emotional backdrop. They capture a cinematic moment, a movie still that has been eroded with time with details that have faded away. The texture of the wood-grain surface comes through the pigment, and details have been scratched into the façade with a desperation for familiarity. The faces of his figures remain anonymous, lacking in specificity and because of this, they feel untied to reality. Their existence is warped through the painter's lens, like a lost connection or a distorted memory.


This body of work by Ibrahim Abusitta is saturated with a deep longing for people and places unknown. When considering these paintings, we are overwhelmed with a desire to visit the past and reshape our own memories and experiences.


Text by The Gathered Gallery [ Emily Pittman and Natalie Field ]

Something to Contemplate 

Acrylic on wood panel

9 x 12 x 1.5 in

2019

Something to Contemplate II

Acrylic on wood panel

9 x 12 x 1.5 in

2019

Private Collection

Something to Contemplate III

Acrylic on wood panel

16 x 20 x 1.5 in

2019

Thirsty

Acrylic on wood panel

16 x 20 x 1.5 in

2019

Happy Go Lucky
Acrylic on wood panel
24 x 30 x 1.5 in
2019

The Dancers (revisited)
Acrylic on wood panel
30 x 24 x 1.5 in
2019

A Night To Remember

Acrylic on wood panel

12 x 16 x 1.5 in

2018

Private Collection

Never Letting Go
Acrylic on wood panel
16 x 12 x 1.5 in
2018

Private Collection

Dancing Couple

Acrylic on paper

8 x 11 in

2019

Private Collection

The Dancers II

Acrylic on paper

11 x 8 in

2019

The Players

Acrylic on wood panel

16 x 20 x 1.5 in

2018

The Players II

Acrylic on wood panel

16 x 20 x 1.5 in

2018

Private Collection

The Players III

Acrylic on wood panel

16 x 20 x 1.5 in

2018

The Players IV
Acrylic on wood panel
16 x 20 x 1.5 in
2018

Private Collection

The Players V

Acrylic on wood panel

9 x 12 x 1.5 in

2019

The Players VI

Marker on paper

8 x 11 in

2019

The Players VII

Acrylic on wood panel

16 x 20 x 1.5 in

2019

Card Players I

Acrylic on paper

8 x 11 in

2018

Private Collection

Card Players II

Acrylic on paper

8 x 11 in

2019

Private Collection

The Card Players III

Acrylic on paper

8 x 11 in

2019

Private Collection

The Gathering

Acrylic on paper

11 x 14 in

2018

Private Collection

The Big Bash

Marker on paper

8 x 11 in

2019


Private Collection

The Old Man and the Bar
Acrylic on wood panel
16 x 20 x 1.5 in
2018

The Luncheon
Acrylic on wood panel
16 x 20 x 1.5 in
2018

Midnight Champagne

Acrylic on wood panel

16 x 20 x 1.5 in

2018
Private Collection

The Ritual

Acrylic on paper

11 x 8 in

2018

Private Collection

Ladies Night
Acrylic on wood panel
12 x 16 x 1.5 in
2018

Ladies Night II

Acrylic on paper

11 x 8 in

2019

Closing Time

Acrylic on wood panel

12 x 16 x 1.5 in

2018

Remember When

Acrylic on wood panel

12 x 16 x 1.5 in

2018

The Good Ol’ Days

Acrylic on wood panel

12 x 16 x 1.5 in

2018

Late Nights

Acrylic on wood panel

12 x 16 x 1.5 in

2018

Private Collection

GG and the Gals

Acrylic on wood panel

12 x 9 x 1.5 in

2017

Private Collection

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