An Exhibition by Resmi Al Kafaji
Exhibition Dates: 12 March – March 31, 2019
Opening Reception: Tuesday, 12 March 2019, 7 – 9 p.m.
Albareh Art Gallery is pleased to announce its participation in the Spring of Culture 2019 with Pathways, a solo exhibition of the works of leading artist, Resmi Al Kafaji. Pathways will open with a reception at 7 p.m. on Tuesday 12th, March, 2019 in Albareh Art Gallery.
The monochromatic watercolour and mixed media paintings that make up Pathways reveal Al Kafaji’s gentle curiosity. In his artist statement, he describes how he often has no preconceived idea of how a completed artwork will look like when he at begins to paint. In an act of trusting surrender, he allows his brush to become ‘…a walking stick that leads [him] to where [he] was meant to arrive.’
In 2007, Al Kafaji made a break from colour and started to paint in black and white. His preferred medium, watercolour, gave him limited control over the final outcome and within that liminal space where he begins to cede control to his medium, he began a journey to explore his own evolution as an artist. In keeping with that earlier spirit, Pathways is personal and both intellectually and emotionally engaging.
Resmi Al Kafaji was born in Diwaniya, Iraq. In 1977, he moved to Florence, Italy, where he continues to reside. He graduated from Baghdad’s Institute of Fine Arts and then from Florence’s Accademia di Belle Arti. His work was exhibited in Iraq until his departure in 1977. Since then, he has been widely exhibited in Western Europe including Belgium, the Netherlands, Sweden, Switzerland, and the UK. More recently, his work has been exhibited in the Middle East, including Bahrain, Jordan, Lebanon, Syria and the UAE.
Al Kafaji’s works are in the collections of C.A.O.S. Museum Terni (Italy), the Museum of Contemporary Art of Casoria (Italy), the National Gallery of Jordan, the Museum of Arts and Antiquities of Al Qadissiya University in Diywania (Iraq), and in private collections in the Netherlands, Switzerland, the UK and throughout the Middle East.
Pathways continues at Albareh Art Gallery till 31st March 2019.