Gadalla's Arabic calligraphy is nothing but a collection of Islamic architectural wonders and decorative motifs to intertwine the ancient and modern Middle East. This has been a very sensitive period in which Gadalla expresses complex and ancient physical Middle Eastern objects interweaved with modern components on canvas via utilizing unique visual art techniques and metallic media; pictorial light/shadow depth cues create an impression on 3-dimensional forms, spiritual zoom-in and zoom-out depictions create visual illusions, manipulating texture gradients and linear perspectives to create an illusion of depth. His creative and novel approach resurrects the Islamic graphical and decorative designs into present and future Middle Eastern culture. The media of this period are very rich in colors with almost unlimited power. Media used besides the metallic ones are oil, acrylic, gauche, watercolor, pastel, charcoal, pencil, ink, and natural dyes. This period is well featured via many of Gadalla’s art work, some of which were printed on textbook covers: Twinkle Stars Series, Shallalat Al-Noor Series, Al-Faidh wa Al-Tadaffoq Series, The Well Tree, Arabesque in Spring, Engraved in Stone, Engraved on Wood, Engraved in Plaster, Stream of Lights, There Forever, Memories Forever, Falls of Light, and Strong Flow.
...Gadalla’s work reveals the true value of his heritage and the depth of his roots...
Writer Fawaz Al-Sha’ar (1983)
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Paintings from Gadalla's Supernova "Sondos wa Istabraq" period
Artist M. GadallaLast Updated on 2010-08-18 00:00:00
Arab-American artist Mahmoud Ali Gadalla “Marvelous Gadalla” was born in Gaza to a Palestinian father and an Egyptian mother, and grew up in Kuwait. M. Gadalla has been living unique art perspectives with his soul as well as mind and sensations since early childhood. As the case with many creative minds, his artistic talents were recognized by his teachers as early as during the kindergarten and elementary school years. Due to his distinguished talents, M. Gadalla was granted unlimited access to art workshops in his junior and senior high schools. Certainly, M. Gadalla well facilitated school art workshops and began receiving awards for exhibiting his paintings and sculptors in Kuwaiti national school art competitions. Furthermore, the dynamical teenager artist ‘M. Gadalla’ expanded his creativities to depicting culture and folklore through painting wall... More »