File - one of Omar el-Nagdi's paints.
CAIRO – 11 March 2020: Ambassador of France Stephane Romatet will inaugurate the exhibition "Aesthetics of Expression" on March 18.
The exhibition is in the memory of late eminent artist Omar el-Nagdi, who died in 2019.
The pioneering third generation artist was born in 1931. Nagdi had his own art inspiration and expression, which Al Masar Gallery has shared with art collectors and lovers from Egypt, the Middle East and from all over the world. Nagdi has always been a corner stone in the magnificent shows of the Nine Group exhibition from 2009 to 2018.
Nagdi's pictorial vocabulary of emotions was rooted in his home country's social, political, and a life led by Egyptian people. He obtained such profuse imagery by combining poetry with elements inherited from the 20th century's artistic trends namely expressionism, cubism and fauvism.
The paintings in his upcoming exhibition fuse different sources of inspiration. Nagdi depicts the jovial and opulent festivities of Egyptian traditions in many of his paintings.
The dynamism rendered through the complex composition of figures and decorative patterns echo the lavish festivities and social traditions. Nagdi paints the liveliness of the traditional Egyptian social scenes.
About the "Aesthetics of Expression" exhibition:
The exhibition shows the aesthetics of the impulsive expression generated by Nagdi in reaction to any theme. His style of expression is rather determined by this creative emotional moment.
Expressionism liberates the artist to move from one style to another. This means that the work of art can be affected by more than one style.
The only restraint, to which an artist adheres, is his impulsive reaction to the theme, which he expresses with honesty and genuine creativity.
The impulsive expressionism is extracted from human nature; it is loaded with unorthodox development compared to the old schools of art.
The impulsive expressionism ideology has surpassed the plastic arts to other art realms, such as poetry, literature and expressive arts like contemporary cinema and theatre.
The plastic artist creates his own cultural message that he forms through his access to the experiments of others, whether by reading poetry and literature or by watching and enjoying other’s expressional arts.
From this point of view, I can say that from my reading of our arts and ancient Arabic literature, I grasped this enjoyable moment, in which I discovered impulsive expressionism that was prevailing in their arts and literature.
This stimulated me to cling to it and rediscover it by confirming the passionately temporal moment in my artistic expression, which has become loaded by the features of the school of impulsive expressionism.