Artist Mohamed Abla takes us to a very private and
intimate world where trees, water plants and wild flowers are the main
elements. In an unprompted fashion, combining spontaneity and a controlled
technique of oil colors, Abla weaves all these
elements together, and with a master's brush reveals opacity of colors at some
instances, and transparency of colors, at others...
What does the artist want to say? After we experienced with
him the world of the Nile and sailing boats, does he want us to share his world? Does
he want to take us to place where joy and optimism prevail, to experience these
shining imaginations of nature? Can Art, truly resist frustration by offering
This is what the artist believes in, and wants to convey to
us. He surrenders to the notion of enjoying his surroundings on a small island
amidst the Nile where his atelier stands. He
reduces the world to a smaller place... a small circle... which to him will become
the whole world. He challenges himself to make of this circle a larger space...
large enough for all his dreams. He immerses himself in this world and gives
rein to his imagination to recall disappearing figures, appearing "reluctantly" in the corners of the paintings... human figures... human figures
metamorphosing into birds or animals... They seem, somehow, to entertain a silent
conversation with world of trees... they tell a story without features... In facts,
the artist gives us the freedom to construct this story, however offers us the
settings scene... a full of lines and colorful blotches... It's only when we enter
and discover the artist's world, that we start believing in it.
Mohamed Abla perplexes us with his
ability to move between different worlds in each of his exhibitions... from the
world of crowds to the world of the Nile and the Nile boats... He even shocks us with his world on pollution,
remnants of the city and plastic excavations of the Future.
Viewers, who follow Abla's
journey, observe his strong belief of Art to elicit the shock and generate
glimmers of optimism. In order, to convey his ideas, the artist subjugates his
numerous tools to conform to them. In fact, Abla
practices photography, graphic, video and sculpture and proficiently
manipulates, each of these, to closely reflect the ideas he wants us to share