In theory, painting is distinguished from drawing in its use of colors, but the line between the two arts has thinned in practice; there are now colorless paintings and drawings in color.
Painting attained a very high status in Syria and in the Arab world, and there are Syrian painters who are world-famous. Many of these artists opted to work abroad because of Syria’s small margin of freedom.
Some of the great Syrian artists who were supposedly opposed to the regime turned a blind eye to the revolution when it first began, taking refuge in other countries to continue their work.
On the other hand, the Syrian revolution has stabilized some artists’ oppositional attitudes towards the regime. They live a life of confinement, and some are even tortured or arrested. In spite of these obstacles, they address topics inspired by the changes that have struck the country such as violence, destruction, and martyrdom, some of them also created new forms of expressions that suit those topics.
In addition to academic painting styles, new and more spontaneous forms appeared with the revolution, such as digital painting, that proved their presence in public spaces and the new media, thus becoming an integral part of the Syrian painting museum.