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Henry Jabbour was born in Beirut, Lebanon and now lives in Cambridge and Edinburgh.

He trained as a biologist and for many years pursued a successful career as a medical scientist. In 2010 he decided to follow his passion for art and became a full-time artist.

He exhibits regularly in Edinburgh and at the London Original Print Fair, Royal Academy of Arts; Royal Society of British Arts, Pastel Society Annual Exhibition, Mall Galleries, London; Visual Arts, Scotland and The Royal West England Academy.


Masters of Fine Art (MFA) in Painting and Printmaking, New York Academy of Art (2013-2015)

Diploma in Drawing and Painting, Leith School of Art, Edinburgh (2010-2013)

Doctor of Philosophy, The University of Sydney

Bachelor of Science, The American University of Beirut

Solo Exhibitions:
2019 Union Gallery, Edinburgh
2017 Gallerie Alice Mogabgab, Beirut, Lebanon
2017 Union Gallery, Edinburgh
2017 La Reine Blanche Scene des Arts et des Sciences, Paris

Awards and Recognitions:
2019 The Davison Award for Oil Painting, Royal Society of British Artists, London
2019 The Winsor and Newton Painting Award, Royal Society of British Artists, London
2019 Schmincke Prize, The Pastel Society, Mall Galleries, London
2018 Frank Herring Award, The Pastel Society, Mall Galleries, London
2017 The Michael Harding Prize, The Royal Society of British Artists, London
2017 Resident Artist at the Dingle - Ireland Summer Art Program, State University of New York (SUNY)
2016 Elected professional member of Visual Art Scotland
2016 Artists and Illustrators Award, Pastel Society, Mall Galleries


Pembroke College, Cambridge

Private Collections in the UK, France, Lebanon, Singapore, USA, New Zealand, Canada

Times Critic Giles Sutherland said of Henry’s work in a Times review “Jabbour’s work shows that in the right hands painting is not a static medium, but something alive and vibrant, with something new to say despite contemporary art’s pursuit of the novel and the technological.”

Artist's Statement:

My work focuses on the human figure. I am interested in the emotive qualities of body gesture, colour and mark-making.

In each piece I am constantly searching beyond mere appearance, attempting instead to connect the vulnerability, fragility and impermanence of the individual with the sense of a common and shared humanity that a viewer can identify with.

I work primarily in oils but also make unique works on paper using monotype and other print media.

Artwork by Henry Jabbour RBA View All