The newly opened Zagpick gallery in Sheikh Zayed 343q presents the latest body of work by artist Shaaban Al-Husseiny.
“Dreams” is a collection of oil and acrylic paintings depicting the artist’s inner world.
Al-Husseiny believes that dreams are the most intrinsic events, connecting humans across time and space, and he translates his belief by focusing on childhood. The paintings are lighthearted, full of tame animals and toys in playgrounds, but there is an underlying melancholy that perhaps points to the artist’s nostalgia for childhood: “Like a memory that is struggling to remain relevant in the collective minds of mankind, these paintings are pushing against our adult world to find a rightful space to exist.”
Al-Husseiny’s paintings, which range from small to larger-than-life, share a subdued palette and a hazy approach to detail. The colours and elements appear bright and clear at first glance, yet on closer inspections, the scenes appear as though they are under a foggy plate of glass or seen from a distance. His paintings walk a tightrope of vision, always within but always escaping our grasp.
The exhibition will remain on view until 28 November.
*A version of this article appears in print in the 21 November, 2019 edition of Al-Ahram Weekly.