Unrest shakes Syria’s lively art scene
Wissam Shaabi didn’t want to leave. As the conflict in Syria spilled into Damascus earlier this year, the artist regularly went to his studio and kept painting. He noticed that some of his fellow artists began to incorporate the conflict into their work, capturing the chaos and bloodshed that became routine. Shaabi, 26, tried to paint the opposite, using bright colors and abstract shapes to convey a sense of hope.