Mohmmed Saleh Khalil
June - August 2017
curated by Jack Persekian
The Mundane infiltrate into the details of daily life that pass unnoticed, bringing them back to the centre of attention and inviting a world oblivious to details to observe and contemplate. Trees get ready for the fall; dogs reveal their sharp teeth, willing to rip anything into pieces; naked women with inattentive looks, bodies seizing intimate moments; fictional characters with the head of a pig or the face of a frog who wear theatrical fashions as if emerging from an Alice in Wonderland play. Khalil takes us unhesitatingly into worlds of his own imagination, focusing on the daily and the transient, allowing the strong rough strokes of his brush to lead him across the canvas. Fluttering lines and vibrant colours cover large areas with tension, reflecting a passion for investigating the bonds between space, shape and colour in a spontaneous manner.
Mohamed S. Khalil was born in Jordan in 1960. He completed his M.A. in Arts in 1988 in Dresden, Germany After graduation, he organised his first exhibition at Naji Al-Ali Art Gallery in Damascus, moving later to live in Nicosia. In 1994, Khalil returned back to his homeland Palestine, and has participated since in a series of local and international exhibitions. He has developed a unique artistic style that is based on both German impressionism and abstraction. He was awarded the Jury Prize at the Biennale of Alexandria in 2000. Khalil lives in Ramallah, where he works at the Palestinian Ministry of Culture.