White Cube presents an exhibition of new paintings by Lebanese-born writer and artist Etel Adnan, her first in Hong Kong. Born in 1925 in Beirut, Adnan is widely known for her poetry, novels and plays and moves fluidly between the disciplines of writing and art. Her drawing, painting and writing traverses cultures and disciplines, taking inspiration from a deep engagement with literature, philosophy and the natural world. Adnan began painting her small, intensely coloured abstract works in the early 1960s, when, already a published writer, she was teaching Philosophy of Art and Aesthetics at Dominican College in San Rafael, California. She places her canvases flat, laid out on a table, and using a palette knife applies the paint in firm swipes across the picture’s surface. Displaying both a charged colour and dynamic energy, her paintings relate strongly to early Modernism, in particular to the late

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