Forms, Symbols and Colours in the Works of Mohamed Ahmed Ibrahim

Forms, Symbols and Colours in the Works of Mohamed Ahmed Ibrahim
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Mohamed Ahmed Ibrahim, one of the most important contemporary and avant-garde artists of the United Arab Emirates, along with Hassan Sharif and the Emirates Fine Art Society, will represent the UAE at the Venice Biennial 2022. His work is strongly inspired by the environment in which he was born, the coastal city of Khor Fakkan where he still lives and works today. It is a connection that pervades his work, it can be readily perceived in his drawings, paintings and sculptures, as well as in his choice of colours and materials. In the recent works, exhibited in Memory Drum, the second personal exhibition of Mohamed Ahmed Ibrahim at the Lawrie Shabibi Gallery in Dubai, some key elements of his work return - the repetition of signs and forms, the almost automatic and spontaneous creation of the sculptures; the vivacious colours, this time making way for more neutral tones. The exhibition also includes a series of large paintings, Flowers and Boulevards, which revisit the symbolic forms that he has used in the past, but which, here, take the shape of flowers, trees, urban maps and landscapes or suggest organic matter viewed under a microscope. Forms which seem to come from a mental archive, the innate memory to which the title refers. There are also new sculptures, some in plaster, which evoke anthropomorphic figures while others, the smaller pieces, harken back to childhood toys.
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