Born in Kuwait 1944, Jafaar Al-Dechti was one of the artists who accepted the honorable invitation, to participate in the Lebanese celebration of freedom from Israeli’s military control and the twenty two years of occupation. He was among the fifty artists selected from around the world and Middle East for the Khaim prison symposium and the exhibition .
During his stay in Khaim he produced five artworks.His largest piece, entitled ” The Myrtle’s Journey”, it is 200x200cm landscape oil on canvas.The composition divided into three parts, the land, the horizon, and a dominant white sky with blue clouds.
The Myrtle’s Journey depicts the death of a young man who losses his life to the soil where he is burred. The foreground , middle ground and back ground are divided into a zigzag composition. The viewer’s eye is directed firstly to the body of the Myrtle, the the grave yard, the olive threes of south Lebanon, towards the horizon, to the dove “the message of peace”. and ultimately into the open sky which leads to the heavens. The journey of the Myrtle is long and exhausting, just as is war. The artist Jaffar Al-Dechti presents his painting to us in the name of all the Lebanese people who where killed during times of war in Lebanon.
The artist Jaffar Al-Dechti presents his painting to us in the name of all the Lebanese people who where killed during times of war in Lebanon.