Abdulhamid Abdalla

Photo by Markus Hertrich

1974 born in Al Hasaka, Syria
1999 graduated from the study of arts with diploma at the University of Fine Arts in Damascus, Syria
2001 3rd prize in the Competition of Young Artists, Syrian Artists Association
2003 living and working as an artist in Germany
2006 Member of the art agency “Art Goes Public”, Hamburg, Germany
Member of the Association of Professional Artists, Damascus, Syria
Member of the „Bundesverband Bildender Künstlerinnen und Künstler“, Germany

“When I start to paint a fold opens and the locked up horses release themselves to the wilderness. The pictures are flowing out of myself and are moving my hand to paint.”

His childhood in the desert-like landscape in Syria has deeply influenced Abdulhamid´s kind of painting. So for a lot of his pictures he prefers the colours of dry earth and ripe corn. Like flowers in the desert singular colour-spots are setting shiny accents. Partly the artist himself produces his colours with natural materials he finds outside. Sometimes straw or sand, mixed into the colours, gives the surface of his paintings a lively and sensual structure.
Abdulhamid expresses in the language of art what he is not able to talk about. In contrast to the technique, which he always uses for a purpose, the subjects of his paintings are never planned but the result of an unconscious inner process.

“[…]. This position of Abdalla – overcoming the times and cultures but at the same time rooted in both – expresses itself in the works which we show now for the first time here in Homburg. With marked structures and dominated by a language of shape and color, which is inspired by nature and human existence, you can always see in his works his background and the impulses of his own biography: In this way his powerful and poetic paintings are an invitation to get – apart from a calculated reality – nearer to the art of intuition.”
Mathias Beck, Gallery M. Beck, at the opening of an exhibition in Homburg a. d. Saar, Germany, July 2007.

“The artist Abdulhamid Abdalla is able to touch hearts […]. His paintings lead the viewer into an unknown world […]. To look at his art is like coming to a place you have dreamed of for a long time.”
Barbara Peveling, Ethnologist, at the opening of an exhibition in Cologne, Germany, November 2006.

"Above all I try to make the music of things become visible.
While I am painting I often remember the sound and the melody of the pictures, which are always waiting in my inside to be expressed.

"My hand cracks the line between light and shade.
It reaches into the realm of colours and animates shapes and symboles onto canvas.
Between the walls of memories and the memories of walls, a tune of time is breathing
to unravel a mystery, and to create infinite compositions.