Ahmed Farid | Urban Diversity | 11 May – 30 May 2013 | Solo Exhibition

AL MASAR Gallery | Contemporary Art

Upcoming Exhibition

OPENING | Saturday 11 May 2013│7:00 PM – 9:00 PM
The exhibition will continue through 30 May 2013

image003Al Masar Gallery | Contemporary Art has the pleasure to announce the opening of the solo exhibition by artist Ahmed Farid. The artist in the exhibition is inspired by his observation of the social divisions in society particularly the slums vs. the houses of the rich. The artist is inspired by the area of Imbaba, a slum area in Cairo & the area right next to it, Zamalek, an area known for housing the elite of society. This diversity is reflected in his paintings through his use of different colors, his layered techniques & immense number of mediums & materials he uses which makes the art of Farid unique & distinguished. Farid excels in balancing colors & balancing different techniques & materials.
Farid is one of the very many autodidact Egyptian painters who trained privately in immersion apprenticeship in established artists’ studios. With a degree in social sciences and an early career in marketing communication and business, Farid’s encounter with painting came through extensive travels in the early seventies, an era that he lived fully with its European post May 1968 culture, its American summer of love and Woodstock repercussions, and above all, its local Egyptian political and social effervescence. Perhaps this local and international concurrent cultural exposure left residues of desire to create the art he cherished and consumed, but was never able to practice except at a later stage in life, precisely in 2005.

Farid possesses a brushstroke that is obsessed by textures and thick pastes of paints; the content of his canvases are many times reminiscent of the Egyptian abstract expressionist Gazebia Sirry or the European expressionist Nicholas de Steal, and his painting practice demonstrates an undeniable visual attraction to less textural American color field painting.

Featured Painting | The Blue Soldier | Oil on Canvas | 120 x 180 cm | 2012

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Please don’t hesitate to contact us should you need any information on the artists or want to view more of their artworks

Address: ‘Baehler’s Mansion’
157 b. 26 July St.
Side Entrance on Isaac
Jacob St., Ground Floor,
Zamalek, Cairo, Egypt
Tel: +2 02 2736 8537
+2 0100 067 0705
+2 0100 364 0300
Fax: +2 02 2736 8537

  • NOW showing at the Katameya Residence Club House!
  • Next Month , Farid will be participating in one of New york’s top exhibitions with three master pieces, that are very bold and have vibrant colors that create a powerful ambiance that embraces the viewer.

A.Farid, Broadway Gallery