Saturday,17 November, 2018
Current issue | Issue 1398, (21 - 27 June 2018)
Saturday,17 November, 2018
Issue 1398, (21 - 27 June 2018)

Ahram Weekly

Samir Fouad

Samir Fouad
Samir Fouad

At Picasso gallery in Zamalek, a group exhibition showcasing works by, among others, Samir Fouad, Ali Al-Ghazouli, Sayed Abdel-Rasoul, Guirgis Lotfi, Farid Fadel and Ali Hassan is scheduled to open on 24 June. 

Samir Fouad’s paintings have a realistic, expressive style nonetheless reflecting a metaphysical vision.

For example, children in his paintings are controlled by a state of anxiety that is full of fear; their gazes penetrate the vacuum of the image into the unknown, and in some paintings the child disappears altogether from the picture, to be replaced by the subject itself: a dart game; the viewer here is the child who looks at the dart game and the woman behind him holding the rifle and looking at him seductively, inviting him to play. Such art is anti-static, capturing the flight of the moment and the essence the passing time.

Born in Heliopolis, Cairo in 1944, Fouad was raised in an art-loving environment that influenced his abilities. He inherited his love of painting and violin playing from his elder brother, who was a talented artist, and received his first drawing lessons long before he went to school. Despite pursuing a career as an engineer, Fouad’s love of painting and music continued. He went on to enrich his artistic talent by reading and visiting art institutions, particularly in England, where he held his first solo exhibition in 1971. He then met Sabry Ragheb, who helped him develop his painting skills, especially in portraiture. In 1979 he met Hassan Suleiman, with whom he studied until 1982. And it was Suleiman who introduced him as a professional artist to the Egyptian art scene. Fouad has been actively participating as a professional artist in the Egyptian art movement since 1984 and is now recognised as one of Egypt’s leading water colour painters. He has participated in various private and national exhibitions, representing Egypt in the International Water Colour Biennial in 2001. He retired in 2001 and has since been devoted to his art.

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