Sunday, October 16, 2011

Moustapha Fathi

Syrian artist Moustapha Fathi (1942-2009) reached deep into the past to create abstract images of traditional shapes and patterns. You can almost feel the first written language in this work. I am excited to see an artist that is so steeped in history and historical images, while remaining fresh and new. His work reminds me of many of the Modernist of the 20th century, someone like Paul Klee particularly comes to mind. Klee was representing images inspired by children, but Fathi was harking back to when humanity was just making their first creative steps into language representation. A monumental task for an artist. Check out his patterns and shapes from his show at Ayyam Gallery.

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