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“HINT” by Rashid Diab

28 November - 18 January 2018

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Rashid Diab

I was born and raised in Wad Medani, a small town on the banks of the Blue Nile, in Sudan. Since I was a small child I have loved to travel. I have always wanted to be somewhere else, discovering new places, different ways of living and new people.

 

Even growing up, I would think about my relationship with distance and space. Why do things have specific dimensions and a certain shape at a certain time? These questions became an obsession with the only solution being to paint, and continue to paint. Painting has been a necessity for me. I know that the desire to paint is something within me, part of my inner self, part of my subconscious. As time passed this need to paint and draw transformed itself into something like a biological instinct that, I believe, has strengthened my relationship with the world around me.

 

In 1980 I went to Spain on a scholarship to further my studies in art. At this time I began to fully appreciate my diverse Sudanese heritage and since then have maintained and developed an extensive vocabulary of images and patterns in my mind from Sudan’s cultural history.

 

Art is knowledge; I think an artist must be an avid reader and fully conscious of his contribution to the world of art. Every stroke, every line, whatever may be in the artist’s mind, whether apparent or not in his work, transferred or not from his mind to his art, is a part of life. This is why during the creation of a piece of work an artist could be a master of all schools or tendencies from the start to when he considers it finished. The lapse in time takes me through fractions of seconds and centuries. It really doesn’t matter if it’s in the past, present of future. What is important is how I can achieve the colour, shape and form to express this fraction of time.

 

However, I consider my work not just as a mere coincidence of time or an incarnation of some moment. It is actually a reflection of the human being as a conclusion, a material result of the species, which I try to express. The colour and form may illustrate moments of sorrow, happiness, hope and despair, but the most important element is that of nostalgia for this universal word. Thus, through my art I am most concerned with universality. Art, for me, is ultimately the connection between human beings. It is also what sustains cultures and indicates the material aspects of civilisations and so, as human beings, we are responsible for maintaining and developing our cultural history.

 

Rashid Diab
Birds
Acrylic on canvas
150 x 120 cm
2008

Rashid Diab
Wonderful Day
Acrylic on canvas
150 x 120 cm
2014

Rashid Diab
Untitled
Acrylic on canvas
114 x 114 cm
2016

Rashid Diab
Untitled
Mixed media on canvas
97 x 77 cm
2015

Rashid Diab
Untitled
Acrylic on canvas
99 x 80 cm
2017

Rashid Diab
Untitled
Acrylic on canvas
240 x 120 cm
2017

Rashid Diab
Whisper of the Nile
Mixed media on canvas
237 x 115 cm
2017

Rashid Diab
Out of Margin
Mixed media on canvas
123 x 73 cm
2017

Rashid Diab
Untitled
Acrylic on canvas
164 x 58 cm
2016

Rashid Diab
Untitled
Acrylic on canvas
154 x 114 cm
2016

Rashid Diab
Untitled
Oil on canvas
143 x 102 cm
2017

Rashid Diab
Untitled
Acrylic on canvas
120 x 120 cm
2017

Rashid Diab
Untitled
Acrylic on canvas
100 x 100 cm
2016

Rashid Diab
Untitled
Acrylic on canvas
97 x 77 cm
2014

Rashid Diab
Out of time
Acrylic on canvas
160 x 140 cm
2017

Rashid Diab
Out of memory
Acrylic on canvas
220 x 103 cm
2016

Rashid Diab
Untitled
Mixed media on paper
40 x 40 cm
2017

Rashid Diab
Untitled
Mixed media on paper
40 x 40 cm
2017

Rashid Diab
Untitled
Mixed media on paper
80 x 80 cm
2017

Rashid Diab
Untitled
Mixed media on paper
43 x 44 cm
2017

Rashid Diab
Untitled
Mixed media on paper
43 x 44 cm
2017

Rashid Diab
Untitled
Mixed media on paper
50 x 50 cm
2017