Mohammad Omar Khalil
Mohammad Omar Khalil.
In these paintings, I concentrated on the happy times in Mustafa Said’s life and not his sad ordeal. I was not trying to illustrate or translate the story, but rather treat it as a work of art - free and spontaneous, evolving through different stages. There isn’t one way of working and creating and every artist has his or her own way to create. Every step that you take adds to your knowledge, solidifies your base and enriches your vocabulary. In my own art, I am interested in limitations and not expansions - learning when an art work is finished and not overworked by expanding beyond the limits of necessity.”
These large watercolours were inspired by the book Season of Migration to the North by Tayeb Salih, one of the most beautiful books written in Arabic. It’s daring and honest dealing with sexual matters and frank depiction of life in Sudanese village were ground-breaking at the time it was published. The controversy it stirred in the Sudan was similar to the receptions that Ulysses, Tropic of Cancer and Tropic of Capricorn received in the United States. It portrayed things that are known to everybody, but generally never dealt with in books.”
Works in Museums and Public Collections:
Mathaf, Museum of Arab Modern Arts, Doha, Qatar.
Museum, Institut du monde arabe, Paris + Donation Claude & France Lemand in 2018.