Zamalek Art Gallery is delighted to present Mostafa Rabie’s latest exhibition, “Moments”. Once again, Mostafa Rabie’s works offer the viewer a certain sense of lightness and optimism. Treading a thin line between instinctual and naive art, his paintings present us with charming scenes where his child-like lines are skillfully composed. Unlike other exhibitions, his present collection exudes a sense of sobriety that is particularly new to Rabie’s style.
His protagonists are “his people” that we got to know and love: cousins and family members, deeply rooted in Egyptian ways and traditions. Among other traits and marks, we observe the return of the men’s trademark local tarbush and the handlebar moustache, the peasant women’s floral dresses and wild curly hair, as well as the children’s wide-eyed wonder - all posed like marionettes in Rabie’s virtual world.
In “Moments”, Mostafa Rabie focuses on that particular instant that catches us off guard for a moment of existential reflection. At that precise second, we become free of our surroundings, and laze in what it is to be present and real. Each painting represents this moment of pause, with eyes gazing back to the viewer, or to a point in the far distance.
Rabie’s attention to detail is softer and more subdued, his palette more peaceful and serene. His backgrounds are calmer, with more expanses of blocked colours, thus reducing any distractions surrounding his protagonists and allowing a coherent dialogue with the viewer.
Inspiring us to surrender to the present, Mostafa Rabie’s “Moments” provide us with a time out - a frozen pause where one can acknowledge the past, accept the present and consider the future.
An exhibition not to be missed.
Artist Mostafa Rabie exhibition “MOMENTS”
taking place @ Venue “III”
Next Sunday the 15th of December, 2019 @7:00pm & Zamalek Art Gallery is looking forward to seeing you at the opening.
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