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Solo Exhibition 2017 at Gallery Sarah

Posted on 27th September 2017

Sharifa Al Marhuby’s artworks focus in the two methods, both of which represent innovative techniques in arts of painting. The first technique shows the Expressionism style and a bit of Fauvism influences ([1]), plate Nos. (1-2). The artwork shows some colors and other structural properties such as the contrast between color compounds and the appearance of black borders ( outlines)  in the same way as Henri Matisse, the Master of the Fauvism School in Europe, did before. Sharifa’s style is very close to the traditional and stereotypical English expressionism in the 20th century AD, whereas figures of tall and slim human forms will be found.

There are technically two methods and a gradual change shown in Sharifa’s works. It is sometimes painted in a classical expression/fauvism style, and at other times it shows the use of pasting materials such as silica glass or glass powder which she applies and later dissolves by the usual thermal method called “Encaustic“([2]).  Despite this technique in the implementation of her paintings, the figures and shapes are still purely in an expressive style. The bodies look graceful, overlapping the abstract details of the faces and clothes. Check plates Nos. (3-4).

The most common concept that the artist conveys in her works is the application of men and women’s clothes shown in bright colors. This idea is deeply influenced and taken from Omani folklore and the popular traditional life. She tries to convey through her artworks the image of the Omani heritage using costumes and incorporating popular traditions such as music, concerts and avenues in a dramatic way that gives the audience the idea of the Sultanate’s past, as well as modern art in 21st century.

[1])- Fauvism  influence has came from “ Fauvism “  school  which established by (Henry Mates ) who began to changes the  shapes and colors in a way that tends to be innate. Primitivism, however, is characterized by the spontaneity of expressing a particular situation close to simulating children’s drawings. The colors thus appear to be very contradictory and incompatible according to the aesthetic and physical rules for color, especially in the appearance of black in the limits of figures and lack of consideration of the perspective a lot.

[2])- This method was known in ancient times by the Romans and Egypt in 170-230 A.D.. It was primitive by using honey beeswax, and it was overlaid on the surfaces painted with tempera colors, sometimes mixing colors of Frisco or Tempera with beeswax and painting, which is also hot and fast.