Ibrahim El-Salahi, ‘Reborn Sounds of Childhood Dreams 1’, 1961-1965, Tate Modern

Collection: Tate

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Purchased using funds provided by the African Acquisitions Committee and Middle East North Africa Acquisitions Committee 2012

About Ibrahim El-Salahi

A leader of the Sudanese Khartoum School and the first African artist to have a retrospective at the Tate Modern in London, Ibrahim El Salahi combines European styles with traditional Sudanese themes in his art. El Salahi studied art in London and takes formal and ideological cues from modernist painting, resulting in a balance of pure expression and gestural freedom in his work. The mask-like faces and earth tones of his early graphic works channel elements of Cubism and Surrealism and incorporate Muslim iconography. El Salahi’s art encompasses and explores a range of compositional forms, including fragments of Arabic calligraphy, but perpetually evokes a transnational, African-influenced surrealism.

Sudanese, b. 1930, Omdurman, Sudan, based in Oxford, England