As a fine artist who grew up in the Middle East, Gadalla has always given lots of attention to the unique and distinguished Islamic fine art heritage since the 1980's. Gadalla's Islamic fine art has been an expression of his loyalty to the Islamic spiritual culture. His creative and novel approach resurrects the past Islamic graphical and decorative designs into the present and future via the use of Arabic calligraphy, and Islamic architectural wonders and decorative motifs with modern vision and techniques.
Throughout the last three decades, Gadalla has utilized unique visual art techniques like implementing pictorial light/shadow depth cues to create an impression of 2- and 3-dimensional paintings, and spiritual zoom-in and zoom-out depictions along with manipulating texture gradients and linear perspectives to create an illusion of depth.
The pallete of this period is very rich in colors; including the metalic ones like gold, silver, and bronz; with almost unlimited power. The used Media are oils, acrylics, gouaches, watercolors, pastel, charcoal, pencil, inks, and natural dyes. Literally, Gadalla's paintings from this period look like stars exploding and becoming extremely luminous "Supernova". Whereas the forms, texture, and the rich bright colors create the sensation of living in paradise "Sondos wa Istabraq".
Worth mentioning, Gadalla is the pioneer of drawing the Arabic letters in crescent-like and circle-like scripts, forms, and shapes flowing from bottom to top. These novel approaches and techniques have given birth to Gadalla's Crescentism-Circlism School. Gadalla's Supernova "Sondos wa Istabraq" period and Crescentism-Circlism school are well featured via Gadalla’s paintings: 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, Midnight Moon, Falls of Light, and Strong Flow. Some of these paintings have been and can be featured in various applications such as sculpturing, artcrafts, gates, fences, ceilings, walls, ceramics, textbook covers, and in many other decoration purposes.
...Gadalla’s work reveals the true value of his heritage and the depth of his roots...
Writer Fawaz Al-Sha’ar (1983)
Virtual Gallery: Supernova "Sondos wa Istabraq" - Part 1
Virtual Gallery: Supernova "Sondos wa Istabraq" - Part 2
A few of Gadalla's black & white paintings, the Supernova School
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 »