DUBAI: “Hemsat” (Whispers) is 61-year-old Egyptian artist Fathi Hassan’s first solo show in Dubai, which runs until Feb.20 at Lawrie Shabibi. It showcases over 100 of his paintings and drawings from his 40-plus-year career, ranging from postcard-sized work to large sheets, and showcases his shifting styles.
1. “Untitled” (1985)
This piece is part of an early collection called “Modern Man.”
2. “Untitled” (1998)
This piece is part of a series called “Remembering Dad,” which, according to the gallery’s release for “Hemsat,” reflects on Hassan’s relationship with his Sudanese father, and on his own sons relationship with him. “Universally, they represent the human instinct for life to continue beyond physical decline.”
3. “Toshka” (2014)
Named after Hassan’s ancestors’ Nubian village, this painting is “an imaginary bird’s eye view of the town and its natural surroundings. It is one of the much larger paintings that Hassan created between 2011 and 2016, many of which employ Hassan’s unique chunky, flowing calligraphy.