A Dialogic Imagination by Ahmed Morsi

“A Dialogic Imagination” unearths the Ahmed Morsi’s differing output from the 1940s up to the present day. His paintings, both figurative and fantastical, bring to mind his pursuit as a poet. He uses symbolism to create poetic references of real events and places that are influenced by mythology, imagination and the subconscious. Key elements of his work include memory, isolation, the passage of time, contemplation, and lyricism.

Ahmad Morsi, Wedding Portrait, 1958. Oil on wood, 89 x 101 cm. image courtesy of Sharjah Art Foundation.

Ahmad Morsi, Wedding Portrait, 1958. Oil on wood, 89 x 101 cm. Image courtesy of Sharjah Art Foundation.

Ahmad Morsi, Untitled, 1951. Oil on wood, 52 x 42 cm. Image courtesy of Sharjah Art Foundation.

Ahmad Morsi, Untitled, 1951. Oil on wood, 52 x 42 cm. Image courtesy of Sharjah Art Foundation.

Ahmed was born in Alexandria, Egypt in 1930. In 1974, he moved to New York City, where he works as an artist, poet and art critic from his home in Manhattan.

“A Dialogic Imagination,” which has been running from March 1 to June 3 at the Sharjah Art Foundation in UAE,  is co-curated by Sharjah Art Foundation President and Director Hoor Al Qasimi and Dr. Salah M. Hassan, Goldwin Smith Professor and Director, Institute for Comparative Modernities, Cornell University.

 




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