Exhibition Dates: 12 January - 4 February 2016 Opening Reception: Tuesday, 12 January 2016, 7 - 9 p.m.
Albareh Art Gallery is pleased to announce the opening of Suakin, a solo exhibition of the latest works of one of the Arab World's leading contemporary artists, Mohammad Omar Khalil at its Adliya premises.
Mohammad Omar Khalil is known equally for his masterful black and white prints as well as his large, colourful mixed media paintings and it is a collection of the latter that comprise Suakin.
Having lived in a number of different cities across the world, Omar Khalil maintains deep emotional bonds with all the places that he has called 'home' over the years. It is these complex, multilayered bonds that manifest in his paintings.
In this exhibition, Mohammad Omar Khalil pays tribute to his memory of Suakin, an ancient port city in northeastern Sudan. Today, the old city is in ruins but the remnants of the coral buildings hint at a past opulence that goes back to pharaonic times. The city's fortunes rose and fell with those of ancient Egypt and Greece, then rose to prominence again with the Islamic penetration of Africa, then with the Ottoman Empire and British colonialism. It is against this rich historical backdrop that a young Omar Khalil painted early in his career and it is these memories that flood on to his rich tapestries in his latest exhibition.
Mohammad Omar Khalil was born in Khartoum, Sudan, in 1936 and has lived and worked in New York City since 1967. Profoundly influenced by his travels throughout the Middle East - in particular Morocco and Sudan - and the art history of Europe that he became immersed in during his studies in Italy, Omar Khalil has brought to life a pioneering form of art, in which elements and patterns from tradition merge with pop art and fine prints.
Mohammad Omar Khalil studied at the School of Fine and Applied Art in Khartoum, Sudan and then pursued graduate studies in fresco painting and print-making in Florence, Italy, as well as a diploma in mosaics from the Academy of Fine Arts, Ravenna. He has since lived in the US and until recently, taught at the Parsons School of Design. His work has been exhibited in Africa, the Middle East, Europe and North America and is collected worldwide by the Bibliotheque National de France, the Bronx Museum of Art, the Brooklyn Museum, Grenoble Institut du Monde Arabe, the Jordan National Gallery of Fine Arts, the Library of Congress, Metropolitan Museum of Modern Art, Museum of History in Taipei, the museums of art of Baghdad, Cairo and Osaka, the Smithsonian Institute, American Express, Con Edison, the MacArthur Foundation and others. He is also the recipient of numerous awards and grants.
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