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Mohad Fahmi – Impressions of Idyll

April 30, 2022 @ 10:00 am June 1, 2022 @ 4:00 pm

Mohad Fahmi – Impressions of Idyll

30 April – 1 June 2022
Opening Saturday 7 May 4 – 8 PM

See the colours of Aotearoa through the eyes of Mohad Ben Fahmi, an established artist who has returned from Dubai to share the light that drew him back to this corner of the world. Impressions of Idyll reveals the stronghold these local vistas hold over the artist, from bright Paihia and Tauranga in the north to the mists of the West Coast down south. This series of larger-than-life paintings depart from Fahmi’s earlier practice; in over 50 years of active art practice, this is his first exhibition dedicated to the landscape genre. 

Over the past one and a half years he has visited numerous locations across these motu (islands), finding like many itinerant artists before that this land has a light unparalleled anywhere else in the world. Yet, for Fahmi, this unique spectrum of colour and light is a starting point for vivid impressions which vibrate with movement, defying expectations of passive scenery.

About the Artist:

Mohad Ben Fahmi is an established painter with a Post Graduate Diploma in Fine Arts from the University of Auckland. Proving that an artist need not be tied down to one place, Fahmi’s life between the Arabic world and Aotearoa has seen him design murals for Dubai International Airport and participate in five Sharjah Biennials, while also establishing a Studio of Contemporary Art in 2001 with Auckland-based artist Carole Shepheard. Having spent many years living in Dubai, he is once again based in Tāmaki Makaurau with his adult children. 

Fahmi enjoyed a prolific exhibiting agenda prior to the global pandemic, having exhibited across Beirut, Berlin, Cyrpus, Baghdad, Paris, Moscow, Abu Dhabi, Qatar, New York, Sydney, and more, with twelve solo exhibitions behind him. His impact has been recognised with a number of awards and commissions, such as the best painter award in the Festival of Iraqi Universities and third prize in the Contemporary Arab Art Exhibition, Dubai. Fahmi is also a founding member of both the Emirates Fine Arts Society and the Wall Group of Arts Society, and is an active member in artist spaces such as the Auckland Artist Group and Arab Fine Arts Union.

28 Clarence Street, Devonport
Auckland, 0624 New Zealand
09-963 2331
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