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Mohsen Abou El Azm

  It is unfortunate that there isn’t a solid, easily navigated database that collects all the names of Egypt’s contemporary artists, because there are a lot of great ones out there. Of these, is Mohsen Abou El Azm.  I love his work. Spectacularly observant with excellent attention to the nuances of what makes up the … Continue reading Mohsen Abou El Azm

On Redheads.

I must admit, I have a thing for women with red hair. I’m endlessly inspired by how unique and rare a beautiful, natural redhead is, and even more impressed by a fake redhead who pulls it off well. There is something about the hair colour, the usual accompanying splash of freckles and the juxtaposition of … Continue reading On Redheads.

Uncured.

The last few days have been difficult for me to digest, both in terms of the events that have happened in Egypt as well as my people’s reaction to them (Check here for news on Egypt in case you’ve been living under a rock for the past week). I doubt I have ever been more … Continue reading Uncured.

The Power of Line.

  If you’re in the mood for to see some solid drawing and a serious sense of what it feels and looks like to be an artist in angst, head over instantly to ArtTalks and check out Weaam El Masry’s latest exhibit “The Golden Fly”. Weaam El Masry is an artist who’s work has been … Continue reading The Power of Line.

Downtown Curated.

It’s been a while since I’ve been to a really tight group show, and it was such a pleasant surprise that the one that I deemed to be solid lately, “DownTown” at Gallery Misr, is curated by a dear friend and excellent curator, Mahmoud Hamdi. Not many people know what a curator is or does, … Continue reading Downtown Curated.

Like a video game.

  It gives me a warm, fuzzy feeling inside when paintings remain current in their subject matter and look aesthetically solid at the same time. It doesn’t happen often unfortunately, hence the pleasant surprise that one experiences upon coming across that particular cocktail. Ahmed Kassim is one of the artists who I’ve grown to like … Continue reading Like a video game.

Skullptures

  I’ve always been a closet Goth punk, with a deep love for full sleeve tattoos (particularly on men, on certain women & I’d do it on my son if the world wasn’t so uptight), unnaturally coloured hair and general gore. My love for skulls however is chief among these, because they feed into my … Continue reading Skullptures

Then & now.

This is just brilliant. Pablo Garcia, an architect/artist who’s currently a professor at the Chicago Art Institute, has devised this incredible device he calls the “Profilograph” (2008). By documenting the profile outlines/image of any given object, Garcia uses these drawings to create a contiguous 3D cast that rotates on a circular spindle, giving movement to … Continue reading Then & now.

Lotfi Guirguis

I’ve always been a firm believer that Modern Egyptian Art has a very distinctive flair that’s quite different from anything we’ve seen in the modern era internationally. (It needs to be clarified that modern is not contemporary- Modern Art starts from the late 1800’s and runs till the 1960’s, whereas contemporary Art is anything after. … Continue reading Lotfi Guirguis

“Unknown Cafe”

Lately I’ve been getting into cartoons and caricatures when previously I’ve never need quite interested in that particular art form. I approached cartoon strips and caricatures with the shallowness of a newspaper skimmer, so I never looked at them with the same seriousness as I do a painting or an illustration. Also, I felt that … Continue reading “Unknown Cafe”