Friday,21 September, 2018
Current issue | Issue 1364, (12 - 18 October 2017)
Friday,21 September, 2018
Issue 1364, (12 - 18 October 2017)

Ahram Weekly

Mohamed Ardash’s Crossroads

Mohamed Ardash’s Crossroads
Mohamed Ardash’s Crossroads

Under the title Crossroads, paintings by artist Mohamed Ardash are currently on show at Picasso gallery.

Ardash is a graphic artist capable of aesthetic as well as functional vision, he tackles computer graphics with fluency and flexibility but remains in touch with his culture and ambition. The works presented in this exhibition were a surprise, however. In my experience graphic designers tend to have commercial and technical control. Ardash rebels against all such preconceptions.

Crossroads reflects the life of modern man who is burdened with suffering and injustice, living with conflict and lack of conscience. This comes through especially in the figures’ faces and their expressions.

The artist uses a sort of paste to build contact with the surface, which is often similar to a steel plate. He uses warm earth colours and spirited but controlled brush and knife strokes.

Black plays a pivotal role in the crystallisation of each painting, intensifying its dramatic effect and asserting the artist’s distinctive style.

The exhibition runs through 20 October

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