2016

TIME INTERMEZZO

ZAMALEK ART CALLERS,CAIRO,EGYPT 2016

Wael Darwesh’s collection entitled ‘Time Intermezzo’ encapsulates the fruits of the artist’s experimental foray into the techniques of mixing, synthesis, and composition, a journey that has allowed him to establish the concepts imparting his works with a contemporary artistic vision .

Darwesh engages in the creative process to create a certain artistic state, either in search of his inner self or to unravel the essence of the objects around him in order to come to terms with ideas that spring from real life events, transcending artistic and aesthetic boundaries. Possessed by the passion to create, Darwesh pursues all that is novel and experimental in abstract formats and treatments, much as if the work itself represents the problematics of tangible continuance while adhering to the non-material requisites linked with aesthetic values.  

The very title of the artist’s collection, ‘Time Intermezzo’, takes us by surprise, sparking our curiosity as to whether the displayed works are inspired by the formal, the quirky, or the bizarre (the frivolous). It is these musings that bring us closer to this dynamic artist whose canvas literally bursts forth with a profusion of forms and motifs. The thinking process preceding the actual artwork involves the presentation of a preliminary blueprint where the visual composition is overpowered by an aesthetic intelligence which shapes the formative elements, so that the forms and motifs filling the foreground alternately come together or move apart. Balance is constructed by means of semi-consciously spontaneous formats with the surface of the work is covered with a richly contradictory mosaic representing the artist’s accumulated cognitive and sensory experiences. His artistic intelligence disdains elaboration in addressing a certain theme, sufficing with subtle hints to stimulate our curiosity as if the artist has an intuitive feel for our response and sense of engagement within a humanistic framework.

Excluding light and depth, not only does Darwesh immerse himself in the rhythms of colour interplay, but he also draws on an acute sensitivity to the varying hues of colour in order to achieve a balanced palette. He is adept in the manipulation of space and distribution of abstract elements, as if to highlight the harmonious interaction of those elements whose simple lines are shifted from their own reality and re-fashioned in a subtly mystic format to present a completely new reality.

Featured in the works are living forms represented by human and animal figures, including birds, articles of furniture, stairs, and architectural outlines. The blurred features are sometimes simplified, or, alternatively, disfigured; the artist also draws on his vast artistic experiences in the quest for novelty as well as all the possible windows transforming form into a format resembling a symbolically-loaded visual composition, the better to shed a specific reality and soar towards space. Swept up by the artist’s expanding expressionist range, the beholder travels along optical pathways forged by the artist by means of signals and marks forming a backdrop which is simultaneously minimalist and brimming with contradictory elements.

Wael Darwesh tackles head-on the challenging task of formative transformations; he accomplishes this by the deliberate distortion of his figures, a central feature of his work that goes beyond artistic concerns to attain the core idea of the work. These transformations seek to express the spirit of the moment in order to create a distance between the comprehensible and the imaginary. Portraying his figures inside an interstitial space enriches the work with an abundance of contradictions, within the folds of which we find images of clarity and ambiguity in terms of good and evil. It is as if these images exist in a mythical place where these overlapping givens are simply accepted as a reality, one that personifies the artist’s scheme of things abounding in paradoxical and metaphorical elements embossed with the image of man in nature

Without a doubt, Wael Darwesh’s works seek to achieve a meeting of the mind between artist and beholder as evident by the obsessive narrative and artistic vision pursued by the artist. This is why we find recurring figurative transformations by deliberate distortion to heighten the expressionist power of the work in addition to the heavily symbolic elements in emotional states and responses through which the artist attempts to find value and meaning. Unfettered by logical reality, the artist’s imaginative capacity represents a serious attempt to introduce a contemporaneous format. The artist employs symbolic aspects in depicting the figures and motifs in the works to signal the quest for salvation and resistance to slackness in performance; despite the jumble and energy, the interplaying movement of his figures ultimately evokes a sense of sadness and isolation.

 

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                Part of the rusty memory- Acrylic on paper & Oil Pastel 230x189cm-2015

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                        Continuous disappearance- Acrylic on paper & Oil Pastel 230x189cm-2015

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Holy without an identity- Acrylic on paper & Oil Pastel 230x189cm-2015

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                        isolation- Acrylic on canvas & Oil Pastel & Paper Gold – 244 x 138 cm – 2015

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                     The Defeat – Acrylic on canvas & Oil Pastel & Paper Gold – 244 x 138 cm – 2015

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              Debate not over – Acrylic on canvas & Oil Pastel & Paper Gold 138 x 244 cm – 2015  

The proven fact- Acrylic on canvas & Oil Pastel & Paper Gold-110X130 CM 2015

                    The proven fact- Acrylic on canvas & Oil Pastel & Paper Gold-110X130 CM-2015

Holy inheritance - Acrylic on canvas & Oil Pastel & Paper Gold 150 x 129 cm- 2015

           Holy inheritance – Acrylic on canvas & Oil Pastel & Paper Gold-150 x 129 cm- 2015  

Banquet - Acrylic on canvas & Oil Pastel & Paper Gold -140 x 150 cm- 2015

          Banquet – Acrylic on canvas & Oil Pastel & Paper Gold -140 x 150 cm- 2015

Waiting for the message- Acrylic on canvas & Oil Pastel & Paper Gold 140 x 150 cm- 2015

     Waiting for the message- Acrylic on canvas & Oil Pastel & Paper Gold 140 x 150 cm- 2015

Hidden pretty face - Acrylic on canvas & Oil Pastel & Paper Gold 150 x 129 cm – 2015

       Hidden pretty face – Acrylic on canvas & Oil Pastel & Paper Gold-150 x 129 cm – 2015

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      Crossing part of the dream – Acrylic on canvas & Oil Pastel & Paper Gold                                                                          110 x 153 Cm – 2015

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Constant hesitation- Acrylic on canvas & Oil Pastel & Paper Gold 60X73 CM

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Inevitable showdown – Acrylic on canvas & Oil Pastel & Paper Gold – 60×73 cm                                                                    2015

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Negative intervention- Acrylic on canvas & Oil Pastel & Paper Gold – 60X73 CM                                                                         2016

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   End of the journey-Acrylic on canvas & Oil Pastel & Paper Gold 100 x 70 cm                                                                         2015

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Tale bearing – Acrylic on canvas & Oil Pastel & Paper Gold 89 x 117 Cm – 2015

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Insatiable does not end – Acrylic on canvas & Oil Pastel & Paper Gold 89 x 117                                                                          cm- 2015

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Dream is not complete- Acrylic on canvas & Oil Pastel & Paper Gold 100 x 70 cm                                                                       2015

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                   All of them against me – Acrylic on canvas & Oil Pastel & Paper Gold 160X70 CM

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                                     Alone in a storm – Acrylic on canvas & Oil Pastel 160X70CM

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                              Convince and rejecting – Acrylic on canvas & Oil Pastel 160X70 CM

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             Person without memory – Acrylic on canvas & Oil Pastel & Paper Gold- 200X70 CM

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            siege-Acrylic on canvas & Oil Pastel & Paper Gold 80X90 CM

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Departure of the the golden man-Acrylic on canvas & Oil Pastel & Paper Gold                                                                    80X90 CM

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     missing reason-Acrylic on canvas & Oil Pastel & Paper Gold 80X90 CM

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   Parting inevitable-Acrylic on canvas & Oil Pastel & Paper Gold 80X90 CM

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                        Last Journey-Acrylic on canvas & Oil Pastel & Paper Gold -120 x 480 cm- 2015

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   disappearance Beginning- Acrylic on paper & Oil Pastel 39×49 c.m-2015

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         Completed phase- Acrylic on paper & Oil Pastel 39×49 c.m-2015

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            Self-Review- Acrylic on paper & Oil Pastel 39×49 c.m-2015

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                 Absent- Acrylic on paper & Oil Pastel 39×49 c.m-2015

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        Escape from self- Acrylic on paper & Oil Pastel 39×49 c.m-2015

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                 no answer- Acrylic on paper & Oil Pastel 39×49 c.m-2015

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                     Alone – Acrylic on paper & Oil Pastel 39×49 c.m-2015

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The Last discuss- Acrylic on paper & Oil Pastel 39×49 c.m-2015

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         Foregone conclusion- Acrylic on paper & Oil Pastel 39×49 c.m-2015

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 A fight with the hidden person – Acrylic on paper & Oil Pastel 39×49 c.m-2015

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       The journey Beginning – Acrylic on paper & Oil Pastel 39×49 c.m-2015

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           Careful Beginning – Acrylic on paper & Oil Pastel 39×49 c.m-2015

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                The thinker- Acrylic on paper & Oil Pastel 39×49 c.m-2015

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         Part of missing hope- Acrylic on paper & Oil Pastel 39×49 c.m-2015

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       Missing at the crossroads- Acrylic on paper & Oil Pastel 60×72 c.m -2015

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               Trying to hide- Acrylic on paper & Oil Pastel 60×72 c.m -2015

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             One eye is enough- Acrylic on paper & Oil Pastel 60×72 c.m -2015

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            Frequent departure- Acrylic on paper & Oil Pastel 39×49 c.m-2015

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   The help of a fictitious person- Acrylic on paper & Oil Pastel 39×49 c.m-2015

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             There is a change- Acrylic on paper & Oil Pastel 39×49 c.m-2015

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    Several people in my life- Acrylic on paper & Oil Pastel 39×49 c.m-2015

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                    Illusion- Acrylic on paper & Oil Pastel 39×49 c.m-2015

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      I’m trying to win again- Acrylic on paper & Oil Pastel 39×49 c.m-2015

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         Constantly confused- Acrylic on paper & Oil Pastel 39×49 c.m-2015

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         Continuous attack- Acrylic on paper & Oil Pastel 39×49 c.m-2015

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      Three people continuing- Acrylic on paper & Oil Pastel 39×49 c.m-2015

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                 The pursuer- Acrylic on paper & Oil Pastel 39×49 c.m-2015

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           Prison without bars- Acrylic on paper & Oil Pastel 39×49 c.m-2015

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                  Empty message- Acrylic on paper & Oil Pastel 39×49 c.m-2015

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                     Fake limits- Acrylic on paper & Oil Pastel 39×49 c.m-2015

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                    Real crisis- Acrylic on paper & Oil Pastel 39×49 c.m-2015

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             Barriers and thorns- Acrylic on paper & Oil Pastel 39×49 c.m-2015

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               Warned severe- Acrylic on paper & Oil Pastel 39×49 c.m-2015

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            All of them strangers- Acrylic on paper & Oil Pastel 39×49 c.m-2015

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               Abnormal thoughts- Acrylic on paper & Oil Pastel 39×49 c.m-2015

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                Without identity- Acrylic on paper & Oil Pastel 39×49 c.m-2015

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                  Brain storming- Acrylic on paper & Oil Pastel 39×49 c.m-2015

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                          Unclear- Acrylic on paper & Oil Pastel 39×49 c.m-2015

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               The Unknown person- Acrylic on paper & Oil Pastel 39×49 c.m-2015

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                  Sacred relation- Acrylic on paper & Oil Pastel 39×49 c.m-2015

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                    continuous fall- Acrylic on paper & Oil Pastel 39×49 c.m-2015

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                          Retreat- Acrylic on paper & Oil Pastel 39×49 c.m-2015

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                          Advice- Acrylic on paper & Oil Pastel 39×49 c.m-2015

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             Not understood message- Acrylic on paper & Oil Pastel 39×49 c.m-2015

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                 Lives in the red area- Acrylic on paper & Oil Pastel 39×49 c.m-2015

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