NADIA SAIKALI. Timeless Spaces, Abstract Expressions.

From 10 January to 19 February 2016 - Galerie Claude Lemand

  • Saikali, Peace in Syria.

    Peace in Syria, 2015. Oil on canvas, 100 x 100 cm. Donation Claude & France Lemand. Museum, Institut du monde arabe, Paris. © Nadia Saikali. Courtesy Galerie Claude Lemand, Paris.

  • Saikali, Noir silence.

    Noir silence, 2010. Oil on canvas, 100 x 100 cm. Private Collection. © Nadia Saikali. Courtesy Galerie Claude Lemand, Paris.

  • Saikali, Peace in the Holy Land.

    Peace in the Holy Land, 2016. Oil on canvas, 100 x 100 cm. Private Collection. © Nadia Saikali. Courtesy Galerie Claude Lemand, Paris.


Gérard Xuriguera, Nadia Saikali.

Nourished by rem­i­nis­cences sealed in the Middle-East, glo­ri­fied by the mediter­ranean light and tem­pered by the french mea­sure, emerges an art of europeen essence in spite of inevitable con­no­ta­tions. An art infinitely shaded, com­bining wrin­kled wefts and muf­feled breathing, strikes and stumped scum­bles, cuts and nar­rowed open­ings sta­bilised by ver­ti­cals inner­vated within the tex­ture’s flu­idity or as more recently, con­ceived by inter­de­pen­dant plans on dif­ferent levels on which have been added meta-signs and ideograms with strokes and gaps, a flowing and com­pact world, some­times severe and prickly, other­times brightly coloured, always har­mo­nious.

If the use of won­dering ges­ture, intu­ition are here claimed for, by oppo­si­tion to con­struc­tion erected in dogma, it nev­er­the­less com­bines with the watchful con­trol of thought, spir­i­tual prac­tice teaming up with lyrism and archi­tec­tural, in a syn­thesis restricting haz­ardous games and erasing unwel­come nos­talgia.

The equa­tion painting-memory in other words, the link to real life, thus stands out in N. Saïkali’s works, emerging from human reality, a well thought chro­matic and graphic inter­pen­e­tra­tion of plaited mod­u­la­tions con­veying a semantic issued from the depths of con­scious­ness.

Beyond words, what stands out from this approach, is obvious plea­sure to paint, to sug­gest emo­tions and feel­ings by using imper­cep­tible signs, along which roots, his­tory, mature expe­ri­ence, stand out­lined and for which to be fully under­stood, one has to achieve still­ness within.

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