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Gate Of The Soul

Ahmed Farid

28 October, 2018 - 14 November, 2018

 

 

 

 

A new journey in Dr. Ahmed Farid’s artistic career; a journey where he continues his search for human nature in his most recent exhibition displayed at Picasso Art Gallery, “Gate of the Soul.” He wanders inside people’s lives through the main gate to their souls, the eyes, to discover their relation with the universe and how connected and reflective they are. In his previous experiences, the eyes changed and were not locked up as in his past artworks. The energy was not hidden but rather explosive in some paintings. However, in his recent exhibition, vivid colors have emerged as well as communication among the artwork’s main characters and elements.

He emphasises through this exhibition of his vision throughout his career that the eyes are the gate of the soul. Still, the eyes surpass the space of their owners, but this time to communicate with the universe and force heads to look towards the unknown. Maybe it is a preparedness phase or a movement towards the liberation of spirits from monotony and restrictions.

The new, vivid colour choices in the Gate of the Soul project are an additional way to further express the mood of Ahmed Farid’s characters. The warm colours have a lot of psychological signs, most of which are the inner energy looking for a means to escape. Sometimes it just gets imprisoned, and other times it explodes outside in a tornado of red. Despite all this energy and power, there is an overall feeling of poise, which showcases the strength of the design.

Gate of the Soul is another small gate that Ahmed Farid opens to his huge world, a new episode in exploring the relation between human nature and the universe.

“Gate of the Soul.” He wanders inside people’s lives through the main gate to their souls, the eyes, to discover their relation to the universe and how connected and reflective they are. In his previous experiences, the eyes changed and were not locked up as in his past artworks. The energy was not hidden but rather explosive in some paintings. However, in his recent exhibition, vivid colors have emerged as well as communication among the artwork’s main characters and elements.

About the Artist

Born in Alexandria, Egypt , Dr. Ahmed Farid was raised in an artistic household with two siblings and a family that nourished his love and passion for the arts. After graduating from high school, Farid completed his Bachelor of Arts Degree, Graphic Section, at the University of Alexandria. In 2008, Farid obtained his Master’s Degree in Fine Arts and Symbols, with Honors, also from the University of Alexandria. In 2014, he successfully completed a Ph.D. in the Philosophy of Art at the Academy of Art in San Francisco. Farid flourished into a young, multi-talented artist who managed to capture the attention of a large audience through his remarkable paintings, filmmaking, and acting roles in Egyptian television drama series.

In addition to his demanding schedule, Farid is currently a professor at the Faculty of Fine Arts, Alexandria University. Among his remarkable achievements, Farid participated in several international art exhibitions representing Egypt in Switzerland, France, California, and New York. His work is also represented in the private collections of the Egyptian Ministry of Culture and in several countries, including Egypt, the United States, France, Kuwait, Tunisia, and Morocco. In 2014, he was appointed Ambassador of Goodwill for the United Nations. Originality and visualisation are quite evident in all of Farid’s work. When mapping any piece of artwork, Farid’s goal is to represent people’s lives as well as his own personal experiences. While striking colours are typically used to represent the vast amount of life in the universe, and a minimalistic approach is used to convey the rare stillness of the universe, Farid’s paintings take a different approach. Farid created the theme of characters with oversized eyes to illustrate the concept of “the world lies in every eye, hovering and filling the soul because feelings and emotions are at the center of our universe and can decide how we act and react.” Layering, texturing, and scraping traditional oil paint with inks and acrylic colors, the Alexandria-based artist evokes an expressive and sensitive quality. The rich colours used in his canvases portray Farid’s perseverance amidst the occasional turbulence in the Egyptian world of art and the context in which they exist. “We can feel freedom inside a jail, yet we cannot feel freedom within our family, country, or community because freedom is all in our minds, not in our space.” – Ahmed Farid, M.D.

Artworks

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Acrylic on Canvas

80 x 80 CM

31.5 x 31.5 Inch

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Acrylic on Canvas

60 x 60 CM

23.6 x 23.6 Inch

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Acrylic on Canvas

90 x 115 CM

35.4 x 45.3 Inch

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Painting

Acrylic on Canvas

30 x 30 CM

11.8 x 11.8 Inch

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Painting

Oil on Canvas

86 x 110 CM

33.9 x 43.3 Inch

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Painting

Oil on Canvas

67 x 67 CM

26.4 x 26.4 Inch

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Painting

Acrylic on Canvas

30 x 30 CM

11.8 x 11.8 Inch

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