Bader Mahasneh started to paint at the age of five. He was born and raised in Jerash – Jordan, and completed his law degree at Yarmok University in 2002. However, he inspires us today with his work as an artist and a sculptor.
After graduating with a Bachelors Degree in Law from Yarmouk University in 2002, the artist pursued his early art passion as he became a member at the painting studio at Yarmouk University and won third prize of young artists competition the same year. Shortly after, Bader became involved in many workshops as he took part in designing the décor of the University theatre in 2002-2004 and made sculptures of snow and fire in winter 2003. In the year 2006, Bader participated in several print making workshops at the National Gallery in Amman-Jordan.
Throughout his career, Bader showcased his work at different galleries and exhibits in Jordan. Today, he is returning to Zara Gallery with more evolved techniques represented in his work.
During the last two years, Bader has dedicated most of his time and creativity to photography and with his return to the canvas we can see the influence photography has had on his art. Zara Gallery sat with Bader, who explained, “that there is a clear dialogue happening between my imagination and reality, which is represented in my paintings.”
Bader is also a sculptor, who has been trying to represent the relationship between machines and humans in his sculptures. His previous work has represented the machines as being part of humans, however, after much reflection; he now believes that mechanisms manifest themselves inside the humans. This manifestation is multidimensional and has many faces.
2002 & 2006, The French cultural center - Amman
2007, The Orient gallery - Amman
2008, Zara Gallery Amman
2009, Jacaranda Images - Amman
2010, Zara Gallery Amman
2010, Exposures, at Jacaranda Images - Amman
2011, Bulb, at Foresight Art Gallery - Amman
2012, Zara Gallery - Amman
2012, Vindemia art gallery - Dubai
2013, Metamorphoto at Wolkonsky Gallery - Munich
Bader Mahasneh participated in more than 30 group exhibitions around the world. A selection of group exhibitions:
East and west meet around a new compass, Orient gallery Amman 2006
Three dimensions, three artists from Jordan, Bahrain national gallery 2009
Dance of Visions, Roda Sten gallery Sweden 2009
Ono Arte Contemoranea, Italy 2011
Art Beirut 2012
JO Magazine | Into The Void: An Art Exhibition By Bader Mahasneh
April 18, 2010
A show at Zara Gallery presents a different side to up-and-coming Jordanian artist Bader Mahasneh—this time in black and white.
Words by John Lillywhite.
Words by John Lillywhite
BADER MAHASNEH’S NEW EXHIBITION at Zara Gallery marks a departure for the artist in two main ways. First off, nearly the entire exhibition is in grayscale. Mahasneh’s humans―if that’s what you can call them―inhabit a misty pallor that the artist refers to it as the “void,” somewhere where “there is nowhere to go.” It’s in strong contrast to his earlier ink pieces, which are full of color.
This sense of the nowhere, or a limbo-like nothing, is accentuated by what appears to be a newfound sense of space. Again unlike some of Mahasneh’s earlier pieces, nothing bursts out of the canvas―in fact many of the specimens seems trapped by it. In the artwork numbered “3,” a lonely girl bows her head, almost melting into the floor. In “2,” zombie-like creatures stand listlessly, their countless ranks swelling into the background. The girl, at least, retains some semblance of humanity, the latter group are like shades, humanoids without emotion.
“I can’t decide if these are human beings being constructed or deconstructed … taken apart,” Mahasneh said.
Deconstruction of the body is definitely a theme. Exhibits “5” and “7” feature images of a female and male body sitting down, their heads exploding in a splattered mess. Next to them, in “6,” a wash of black erodes the forms into transparency and nothingness.
“You must have been reading some interesting books or watching some peculiar movies,” this reviewer suggested to the artist, who shrugged.
“Not really. All of this comes from my head.”