ABDULHAMID ABDALLA
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Abdulhamid Abdalla was born in 1974 in Al Hasaka (Syria) as son of a big farmer with Armenian and Kurdish ancestors. He worked on his family's farm until he moved at the age of 18 to Damascus to study Fine Arts. At the age of only 23 he became one of the most famous and influential artists in Syria. After numerous international exhibitions, Abdalla is now living and working in Hamburg, Germany. If you ask Abdulhamid Abdalla how he begins his paintings, his answer is: „I paint what I feel“. Abdalla’s works are always a result of his feelings or an impulse. „The white surface forces me to grasp it with my mind.“ Abdalla is focusing on figurative art in painting, installation art, sculpture and video art.

Death, life, beauty, religion, politics, future and digitalization: in his works he analyses current and timeless issues by visualizing deep internal emotions in his figures. One of Abdallas main motifs: women – their role in political, religious and social context, the female zeitgeist, yearning for justice and identity in society. Abdalla sees women as a reflection of society. Because of this he often expresses in female allegories. Therefore he breaks taboos by showing womens beauty revealing and free in their natural composition.

He assumes the role of a universal researcher - historian, philosopher and psychologist.

„I symbolize your unconscious ongoing thoughts.”

Like a time traveler Abdalla inimitably unites history of human being in his paintings. He is doing a journey through time analysing human history. Abdallas work is full of mythological signs and symbols, giving them a very special and individual meaning.

Abdalla´s work is always a result of an unconscious inner process. To emphasize this he uses childish drawings, which he creates by using his left hand for painting. Frequently Abdalla proves his outstanding skills by painting with two hands at the same time. Characteristically for his paintings are pretentious gold and morbid rusty colors, to express the thin line between perfection and imperfection. Partly the artist himself produces his colors with natural materials he finds outside. Sometimes straw or sand, mixed into the colors, give the surface of his paintings a lively and sensual structure.
"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 symbols 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."
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