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Hosted by : Contemporary Art Platform Kuwait

2nd Mar from 07:00 PM - 11:30 PM

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Contemporary Art Platform Kuwait, Industrial Shuwaikh, Block 2. Street 28, Life Center, Mezzanine, Shuwaikh, Capital Governorate, Kuwait

Sharif... Where is he taking his expressions, if not to the edge of flames?
By Dr.Maha Sultan - Art historian
Master of his artistic domain, Abdulrahim Sharif portrays a potent skill when handling his visual instruments, so deeply infused by a lustful and boundaries-free world of manipulative passion in discovering a new chemistry among colors.
With him, each notion or shape can turn into a body of interpretation, as for Sharif, subject matter needs minimal effort to be pronounced... Yet it is just a flimsy excuse to begin his journey of going after entangled lines and color tracts intercrossing aimlessly.
Annihilation is almost always the destination, with an edge clear in sight and another hidden in between color entrapments, and man as well, but perhaps not alone on edge; but probably in limbo of a dark and succumb-forced destiny, with humanity almost deformed out of terror and tragedies all storming Sharif's imagination; bombs replacing flowers, terrified monkeys and dogs, sleeping kittens... and sharks, all orbiting his mind, disintegrating; or on the verge of extinction in a world yet to be.

A harsh, detached and in denial of a world that is dominated by individualism, yet an individual is always torn between settling down and moving, but where to? Maybe chasing an image at large, a shadow... a lost city. To Sharif, individualism wears phantasm, as those ghosts dance in a space of obscurities and color, such creative mélange that gives life another taste… a sweet one.
So deeply, and deliberately, involved in visual wonder, Sharif's works are also spontaneous, with a dash of expressive style to the extent that he can, with confidence, get away with it just like a suspicious man who picks up his hat, puts it on and simply fades away, hence his signature portraits of "The Man with a Hat", as if they just sprung off a Hollywood memory.
The raincoat, Fedora hat and walking down the city streets, all mirror Sharif's passion for spontaneity and adventure when dealing with colors and shapes, either checkered, splattered, excruciating orange or succulent blues, purples and greens. The list is long and the canvas breaths through color. The Man with a Hat suddenly appears in a bath tub... Maybe Sharif is attempting to bridge the gap between private and public, intimate and distant… ego and alter ego.

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