Kristel Bechara, an award-winning female artist from the Middle East, has unveiled her latest collection, titled ‘Psychomachia’ at her art gallery in Gate Avenue, DIFC.  The series of paintings are inspired by the turbulent events of the past year and recalls the grand poem, Psychomachia, from the early fifth century AD by the Latin poet, Prudentius.  

Photo by Kristel Bechara

Considered one of the most influential works in medieval allegory, the plot of the poem revolves around the battle between the virtues of Hope, Sobriety, Chastity and Humility against the vices of Pride, Wrath, Paganism and Avarice. This battle culminates with each virtue prevailing over its opposing vice, with Chastity defeating Lust, Anger surrendering to Patience and Love being victorious over Greed.  

That retrospective to themes and ideas explored in the poem is timeless with its many verses being of great relevance, particularly in today’s time. Kristel’s message has resonated intensely in the art world as it is an exploration of the battle between good and evil and all the grey areas in between. Kristel’s atelier of art poses these questions as viewers in the gallery explore the complex concepts of freedom of the spirit and true joy. 

Photo by Kristel Bechara

In her latest collection, Kristel’s signature style of dynamic patterns and expressive colours are supported by a strong emotional background, reminding us of mythologies, traditions, fables and lore we know. All the characters in the poem are portrayed as women in keeping with Latin tradition as, linguistically, Latin uses feminine pronouns when abstract concepts are being discussed. 

Kristel Bechara Gallery will be open to the public from the 14th of February at PS101, Zone C, Gate Avenue, Dubai International Financial Centre.