Tuesday,21 May, 2019
Current issue | Issue 1439, (18 - 24 April 2019)
Tuesday,21 May, 2019
Issue 1439, (18 - 24 April 2019)

Ahram Weekly

Bikar, the portrait master


The Salama gallery’s annual group exhibition “Art for All” features work by late and contemporary artists such as Seif and Adham Wanly, Hussein Bikar, Essmat Dawestashi, Georges Bahgory and Effat Hosni.

Born on 2 January 1913 in the Mediterranean city of Alexandria, Hussein Bikar was one of Egypt’s most prominent 20th-century artists. After graduating from art school in Cairo, where he studied under the Swedish artist Friedman Cluezel, in 1934, he spent over 60 years of his life teaching art and working in the press, and is credited for founding a style of journalistic art that transformed newspaper illustrations.
Bikar is known for his simple and clear style reflecting the influence of Pharaonic art with its harmony, serenity and mysticism. His journalistic contributions go beyond illustrations to include art criticism and narrative poetry. Being the first Egyptian artist to illustrate Arabic children’s books, he has played a major role in establishing and promoting this field.
He made his name with oil portraits of peasants, Nubian scenes, his native Alexandria and Pharaonic themes as well as landscapes.
Late journalist Mustafa Amin said of Bikar, “He is not a single artist, he is a master of several arts… He is a painter, photographer, poet, musician and philosopher.”

The exhibition continues through the end of the season. 




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