Marie Khouri

Abstract Figure II, 2018

bronze mirror finish; limited edition of 8

8 × 13 × 7 in

 7 x
 x 8


 17.8 x
 x 20.3


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About the work

This intimate bronze sculpture’s curvilinear form gracefully arches over itself, its polished mirror finish creates a dynamic interplay of light along its surface. Abstract Figure II  is created by contemporary artist Marie Khouri whose bronze sculptures are made through an extensive hands-on process that merges traditional sculpting techniques with contemporary innovations. As she says of the medium, “bronze is eternal. It never moves but it changes with time.” Beginning by hand and before casting her objects at full scale, Khouri first creates a model from a lump of clay small enough to fit in her palm. A creator in both the art and architectural design worlds, Marie Khouri’s works are known for their hybridity and engaging use of materials.

Medium Sculpture
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Condition excellent
Seller Artist
Location Vancouver, Canada
Provenance The Artist

Marie Khouri


Contemporary artist Marie Khouri bridges visual art and design through gracefully curving sculptures whose dynamic forms emphasise torsion and movement. Her abstract sculptures explore the inextricable connections to language, visual form, and the body. Khouri’s sculptures are not just meant to be seen, rather they encourage viewer participation and are designed to be touched, engaged with, and discussed. 

Khouri’s sculptural works shift between intricate, worked surfaces to very pure contemporary forms to explore a variety of themes rooted in her experience as an immigrant from the Middle East. Her unique visual language is based on Arabic calligraphy, the sensuous sculptures of Henry Moore, and Zaha Hadid’s organic designs. Deeply inspired by Bauhaus, Khouri’s sculptures eliminate extraneous elements and seek to merge form with function.  

Born in Egypt and raised in Lebanon, Khouri fled Beirut with her family in the 1970s during the Lebanese Civil War (1975-90). She moved to Spain and then Italy, eventually relocated to Canada. Before becoming a sculptor at 35, Khouri was a language interpreter. Khouri received her artistic training in Paris at the prestigious L’École du Louvre. An immigrant spending time across Europe before settling in Vancouver, Canada, Khouri creates sculptures that bridge cultural influences through an emphasis on formal unity.

Over the past 15 years, Khouri has exhibited extensively in Europe and North America. Her first public art installation, Le Banc, at Olympic Station was installed along the rapid transit Canada Line in 2010. In 2022, Khouri had a solo exhibition at the Vancouver Art Gallery. Her past international exhibitions include The Grand Tour at Abbazia di San Gregorio, Colnaghi Gallery x Chahan Minassian at the Venice Biennale, Italy in 2019, the Collective Design Fair at the Chahan Gallery NYC in 2018, and at the Pavilion of Art and Design in Paris, among others. 

A figure in both the art and architectural design world, Marie Khouri was awarded with the Order of France in 2021. She has received significant media and museum attention, including inclusion in Architectural Digest, The Vancouver Sun and CBC News, as well as commissions in France, the USA, Canada and Mexico.

Khouri’s works are found in public and private collections throughout Europe and North America. She has over 25 public artworks in Canada and abroad and her large-scale sculptures are held in private collections across the globe. Works are in the collections of BC Children’s Hospital in Vancouver, Cascade in Richmond, Park Hyatt Hotel, Toronto, Kay Meek Arts Centre West Vancouver, Richmond, Surrey, Execute Le Soleil Hotel, NYC, Le Crillon Hotel, Paris, France, Acute Care Centre Vancouver, Biscayne Surgery Center, and the Presidential Palace Djibouti, Djibouti.

Marie Khouri lives and works in Paris and Vancouver.


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