The First Art Newspaper on the Net   Established in 1996 United States Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Abdel Mohsen exhibits at Mashrabia Gallery of Contemporary Art in Cairo
Abdel Mohsen, Gone, 77 x 52 cm.

By: Maie Yanni

CAIRO.- One would expect to see him jubilantly arriving to the opening of his own show with a “double flip” on a skateboard.

Instead, I spent thirty minutes asking guests of his whereabouts until I found him quietly chatting to his friends just outside the gallery entrance.

A gentle young man with a poetic dreamy gaze, more Cat Stevens than Tony Hawk, very content to take backstage on his own opening night and let the works on display speak for themselves until he is prompted to offer an explanation by a fascinated onlooker.

This is his second solo show at Mashrabia Gallery and his third in Cairo since 2010.

A self-taught artist, an “outsider” who has been drawing for as long as he can remember , he spent his formative years moving from one country to another because of his father’s professional appointments.

Abdel Mohsen has kept an art journal from the time he was a teenager until three years after graduating from college. “These are very personal and private diaries, self-reflective in many ways but also a repository of his own visual thoughts, ideas and dreams”. To date he has about twenty personal sketchbooks, and like all artists who keep an art journal he has also suffered the heartbreak of losing one on a bus trip; by the time he got home he was frantically looking for it but it was too late.

At some point after high school he toyed with the idea of going back to Amsterdam, a place he associated with fond childhood memories, to pursue university studies in Fine Arts or film-making but neither materialized. Instead, he stayed in Cairo where he half-heartedly completed a degree in Mass Communication in 2006. Not a very inspiring experience, in fact more suffocating than informative , it prompted him to take a protracted period of time off to gather his thoughts before he embarked on a career in journalism.

Unabatedly, he kept up his art journaling, sketching, drawing, writing, doodling, until one fine day he decided to draw on a box of cereal, then on another box, then a piece of cardboard which eventually led to his first body of drawings and the cardboard series.

“This Is a Dream Come True“ is a body of twenty seven works, ranging in size from 30 cm x 40cm all the way to 250 cm x 90cm, all executed in 2013, using acrylic, watercolour and ink on reclaimed cardboard boxes. “Everything in life is cyclical and recycled, our history, our experiences, our discoveries, our theories… I used spread-out cardboard boxes displayed without framing in their raw and unconventional state. I wanted to give them that feeling of something prosaic that you happen upon, something that gives the feeling of broken history, a broken process that re-emerges in a new and fresh way to tell a story that is more hopeful and coherent. The back of the box is as important as the front; all the artworks on display have something written or drawn on the back; a poem, a sketch which is directly related to the front of the work.

I work best at night, specifically after midnight, and I work on several pieces simultaneously. I may then leave them for a number of days or weeks and revisit and rework them again.”

Abdel Mohsen is a natural draughtsman and has an incredibly spontaneous expression rendered through a dynamic line and layers of glazes of acrylic and watercolour washes. He has no regrets whatsoever for not formally studying art and rather enjoys the freedom of making it intuitively and spontaneously without the constraints of dogmas and art theories.

When asked about the choice of this title for an exhibition he answered :”it’s a long story but in a nutshell it is about the process of anything starting from an idea then to its reaching consciousness and from there on progressing to the physicality of it and onto the consequences of its materialization. It is almost like dreaming an idea and seeing it come to fruition in an unfolding process”.

When I asked him about plans for the future he replied: “one more cardboard series for completion and a sort of “closure”, some music and maybe videos and of course keeping up the sketchbooks ! “

“This is a Dream Come True” is currently on show at Mashrabia Gallery of Contemporary Art in Cairo and concludes on the 17th of November 2013.

Today's News

November 13, 2013

Francis Bacon's "Three Studies of Lucian Freud" sells for $142,405,000 at Christie's

Tutankhamun may have spontaneously combusted: experts who performed a "virtual autopsy"

World's largest vivid orange diamond sold for $31.5 million at Christie's in Geneva

Guillermo Tovar y de Teresa, chronicler of Mexico City, dies at age 57

Paul Kasmin Gallery presents a selection of artworks and artifacts collected by Arman

New World Trade Center deemed tallest United States skyscraper by Council on Tall Buildings

Jewish leaders welcome German action on Nazi-looted art found in Munich apartment

Buchmann Galerie in Berlin presents five large lithographs by artist Richard Serra

Unique and exceptional silver Torah Crown for sale at Bonhams silver sale in London

Sotheby's presents snuff bottles from the Mary and George Bloch Collection: Part VII

Byzantine Museum in Cyprus welcomes home icons stolen after Turkish invasion

National Maritime Museum secures celebrated Gibson photographic collection of shipwrecks

Phillips and Degroof Financial Company announce an exhibition of selected works from Art Pradier

Whyte's announces a flagship auction of important Irish art

The Fine Art Society Contemporary presents a group exhibition of twenty young to mid-career artists

The Broad MSU announces Associate Curator of Architecture and Design

Abdel Mohsen exhibits at Mashrabia Gallery of Contemporary Art in Cairo

Leslie Hindman's Fine Books and Manuscripts Auction a resounding success

Famous painting lost for decades featured at Bonhams Greek Sale

"Niccolo' Machiavelli: The Prince and its Era 1513-2013" opens in Washington

Most Popular Last Seven Days

1.- Boy and an amateur archaeologist unearth legendary Danish king's trove in Germany

2.- Exhibition at The Met illustrates what visitors encountered at The palace of Versailles

3.- Philadelphia Museum of Art opens "Modern Times: American Art 1910-1950"

4.- Exhibition at Michael Hoppen Gallery presents a cross-section of works from Thomas Mailaender's career

5.- New York's Chelsea Hotel celebrity door auction raises $400,000

6.- Stevie Ray Vaughan's first guitar drives Entertainment & Music Memorabilia Auction to nearly $2.9 million

7.- Lichtenstein's Nude with Blue Hair tops $2.4 million sale of Modern & Contemporary Prints & Multiples

8.- $6.7 million Fancy Intense Blue Diamond sets auction record at Sotheby's New York

9.- Mexico court blocks sales of controversial Frida Kahlo Barbie doll

10.- Dutch museums to conduct new research on the paintings of Pieter de Hooch

Museums, Exhibits, Artists, Milestones, Digital Art, Architecture, Photography,
Photographers, Special Photos, Special Reports, Featured Stories, Auctions, Art Fairs,
Anecdotes, Art Quiz, Education, Mythology, 3D Images, Last Week, .


Ignacio Villarreal
Editor & Publisher:Jose Villarreal - Consultant: Ignacio Villarreal Jr.
Art Director: Juan José Sepúlveda Ramírez

Royalville Communications, Inc
Founder's Site. The most varied versions
of this beautiful prayer.
to a Mexican poet.

The First Art Newspaper on the Net. The Best Versions Of Ave Maria Song Junco de la Vega Site Ignacio Villarreal Site
Tell a Friend
Dear User, please complete the form below in order to recommend the Artdaily newsletter to someone you know.
Please complete all fields marked *.
Sending Mail
Sending Successful