"In the Shade, In the Sun"

by Mohammed Al Maamri & Attilio Forgioli

Africa 2014

Africa 2014

ATTILIO FORGIOLI

Africa 2012

Africa 2012

ATTILIO FORGIOLI

Frutto 2012

Frutto 2012

ATTILIO FORGIOLI

Delft da Vermer 2013

Delft da Vermer 2013

ATTILIO FORGIOLI

Frutti 2015

Frutti 2015

ATTILIO FORGIOLI

Riding 2016

Riding 2016

MOHAMMED AL MAAMRI

Bedwin Boy 2013

Bedwin Boy 2013

MOHAMMED AL MAAMRI

Aging III 2016

Aging III 2016

MOHAMMED AL MAAMRI

Craft I 2016

Craft I 2016

MOHAMMED AL MAAMRI

After the Race 2015

After the Race 2015

MOHAMMED AL MAAMRI

SUN - THU
8AM-2PM, 6-8PM
WEEKENDS CLOSED

OPENING TIMES:

2 May - 16 May 2016

Omani Society for Fine Arts (OSFA)

Shatti Al Qurum, Muscat

Opening: 2nd May 2016, 7.30PM

 

ABOUT THE ARTISTS

ATTILIO FORGIOLI, born in 1933, is a well established Italian artist who has explored a variety of themes, or cycles as he calls them, but connects them in their framework as memories of his past. He creates almost formless shapes, somehow dripping together in one tone on a raw and controlled textured canvas, conciously chosen in colour and prepared by the artist himself. He studied art at the Academy of Brera in Milan, where he was taught by Funi and Reggiani.

In 1965 he exhibited at the Galleria Bergamini with which he established a partnership that allows him to give up teaching at the secondary school, began in 1958, and to devote himself exclusively to painting. During this period he travelled to Spain and Sicily where he sees the landscapes that influence his painting and he starts the cycle of islands. Attilio has since then built a strong portfolio with countless exhibitions around Italy, particularly Milan. He alternates his work as a painter among his studies of Milan and that of Alagna in Valsesia.

MOHAMMED AL MAAMRI started his artistic journey with a lead pencil and soon became a master in drawing light and shadows. Gradually, he developed an interest in surrealism and calligraphy. In his current paintings, by employing a variety of media and techniques, Mohammed is depicting his search for harmony and rhythm in his art.

Mohammed takes his inspiration from the culture and values of the people of Oman. Moments and expressions of life in Oman caught in an instant are the motives that take centre stage of Mohammed’s canvases. His works are an interplay of informal, almost violently textured strokes as background and carefully selected carved out scenes, realistically painted and suspended on canvas, only connected to its background by controlled drops of paint.

He has exhibited not only in Oman, but France, Kuwait, Egypt, the UAE, and Italy.

 

Oman photography art
Oman photography art

ABOUT THE EXHIBITION

Mohammed Al Maamri, Attilio Forgioli - What is the element that brings these two worlds together, two generations raised under influences that are only apparently very distant, two worlds so far and yet so near?

The answer is in their common intent, their love for the search for beauty, the symbol itself of “making art”, which has the same meaning at all latitudes and all eras. A search for beauty that is not just a sterile research of an aesthetic sense, but a bridge between shadow and light, between earth and sky, between the sensitive world and the world that transcends us.

A possible research that eliminates any distance and that unites two ways of living under the same sun of two distant “deserts”, resting in the shade of the same oasis of superior beauty. Patient and silent artists, who do not talk much and yet say everything, who use few surgical and precise gestures on broad weave canvases, pausing and waiting in front of the matter that slides slowly through the thick textures, before overlapping other veiled layers of glazing, working one with oil and the other with acrylic paint, as if with a fresco. It is a slow process. Painstaking, even. A job, in fact, that extends its research in an endless succession of precise moments, a multiplication of instants during which the painting gradually grows, evolves, blossoms, bursts out like a ripe fruit on the alive surface, before withdrawing into itself and, just as gradually, consumes itself, dies out and fades away, leaving just a trace of its passage, a lump of memories with past shapes and colours on the canvas like gentle droplets of rain trickling down the surface.

 

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THE FREE SEMINAR

As part of the exhibition MuscArt will host a free of charge seminar on Saturday, 11 May 2016 with Mohammed Al Maamri giving an exclusive insight into the making of the exhibition and Mohammed's artistic process. Read more...