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Hamed Abdullah (1917 - 1985) Art Work
 
A self taught man, Abdullah started painting and coloring since the age of ten. A son of a peasant, he lived in Manial district where it was surrounded by fields and the Nile. When he was in his 20’s he was already established and became a well known artist. He opened an art school and taught to some of the renowned Egyptian painters like Tahia Halim and Inji Efflatoun.

Art critic Badr El Dine Abu Ghazi considers him as one of the leading figures of the 2nd generation of Egyptian artists. In 1952, Abdallah decided to leave Egypt and go to Paris where he continued his artistic career and remained there for the rest of his life. He became well known and was able to live from his art. In 1983, he returned to Egypt to make a retrospective exhibition of his work covering over half a century.

The latest period of his work was experimentation with calligraphy. Here we see Abdullah’s uniqueness where his calligraphy was not static but a moving form that gave rise to a deeper meaning. He was the first to use silk and colored crunched paper in his calligraphy. An art critic in ‘Le Monde’ highlighted Abdullah by his use of tempra which coincided with the environment in which he was raised.

Abdullah’s preoccupation with his roots is shown in his choice of subjects like "The Family" and "The Popular Cafés". Towards the end of his career, Abdullah demonstrated his affinity to the purity of popular Egyptian art and the children’s drawings on walls.

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