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 It is with great pride andpleasure that Safarkhan is bringing back the unique contemporary talentAshrafEl Zamzami for his third exhibition “Solitude” this February 18th tillMarch13th with us. Founder Sherwet Shafei unearthed his raw talent andexhibited his debut showing as an artist almost 20 years prior. She has eversince been among st his closest and mostinfluential supporters and mentors. Zamzami was graduate of the Academy of FineArts in Minya, and has garnered acclaim in his native Egypt, with his workshaving also received international recognition for their refreshing purity andstrikingly innocent yet substantive nature. After taking a lengthy hiatus fromhis artistic endeavors, this collection can be characterized as a powerfulre-awakening of sorts for Zamzami, who has now produced arguably some of thebest work of his career, undoubtedly in a class of its own amongst contemporaryEgyptian art. This collection predominantly showcases his recent departure fromsemi-abstract portraiture, which are now welcome supplemental accompaniments tohis newer more expansive canvases.

 These recent works are imbuedwith a supremely cultured aesthetic quality reminiscent of the great masters ofthe expressionist school. The artist’s truly original style of expressionism iswhat makes his work special, and it is foremost the product of the deepestintrospection and introversion that can only be attained in the true solitudeof one’s mind and body. This newfound composition style is also definitivelyart brut or ‘outsider art,’ a school in which Zamzami fittingly and naturallyfinds his work most akin to. Through celestial background patterns, unmistakablyemotive and intense human figures (with himself and closest family membersoften subjects), and a bursting palette that conveys his uniquely refinedselection, mixture and application of brilliantly created bold colors, we aremade to feel the echoes and reverberations of his captivating yetoften-torturedimaginative state. Zamzami’s foray into larger canvases sees him bolster hisintensely personal style of contemporary expressionism with an altogether moreunapologetic and boldly experimental thought-provoking composition style,attributing his canvases a mesmerizing dreamscape quality.

 The works in this collectionarea most rare feast for the eyes, representing an unprecedented caliber ofcontemporary art, as Zamzami transports the viewer through the trials andtribulations of familial relationships, and the virtues and vices of solitudeand sincere self-reflection. Upon gazing at these sprawling canvases, we are whiskedaway by the glorious medley of intense color, emotion and setting.Zamzamiaccomplishes this with an almost matchless confidence and bravery of executionwith a refreshingly distinctive artistic zeal, utilizing a darker palette toachieve a palpable melancholic feeling and a much brighter one which elicitsone of elation by contrast. What Zamzami accomplishes in this exhibition is anexceptionally self-assured feat of bold experimentation grounded in both theappreciation and resentment of seclusion, loneliness and isolation. Mostimportantly however, it is a resounding revelation and celebration of beingdifferent and special, and the often-concealed beauty and promise in being theoutsider or the outcast

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