Hasani Sahlehe

Hasani Sahlehe

You Really Gotta See It Live

August 24, 2023 – December 23, 2023

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August 24, 2023 at 6:00 pm

Through the physical pliancy of paint, Atlanta-based artist Hasani Sahlehe creates artworks of pure spirit. Exploring spirituality and the connection of body, mind, and spirit, Sahlehe’s abstract paintings feature soft-edged forms that intermingle, resonate, and reverberate.

Having previously exhibited at Atlanta Contemporary twice – Sliver Space (2018) and the Atlanta Biennale (2021) – this exhibition is the artist’s first major solo exhibition at the museum. Curated by Y. Malik Jalal, this exhibition brings together multiple paintings ranging in scale from the minute to monumental and upon varied surfaces. All created within the last year, this new body of work continues Sahlehe’s ongoing endeavor to expand the artistic universe.

Atlanta Contemporary invites our audiences to immerse themselves in this exhibition and explore the healing potential of tranquility.

Presented by Forward Arts Foundation


Hasani Sahlehe

Hasani Sahlehe grew up in a four-generation home in St. Thomas, Virgin Islands. He was raised by his grandmother and among his many relatives, several of whom were musicians, educators, artists, and fervent preservers of local history and culture.

Sahlehe graduated from Savannah College of Art and Design in 2015. His practice, keenly centered on color and exploring the possibilities of the body of paint, seeks to engage the spiritual through the material. He sees his paintings as bearers of human memory, emotion, and presence. Sahlehe’s work is rooted in abstraction, embracing a broad array of cultural practices, including color field painting, neo-expressionism, ancient and indigenous architecture and writing, and the syncretic, often improvised nature of hip hop,

Sahlehe is a recipient of a 2023 Macdowell Fellowship. He has exhibited internationally and has had solos at SCAD Museum of Art, Adams and Ollman in Portland, OR, Tops Gallery in Memphis, TN, and Gallery 12.26, in Dallas, TX among others


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