Artwork: The Path of Light

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Sparks Gallery’s programming in 2022 explores the theme and thought of “Perspective” from exhibited and represented artists at the gallery. Poised to open up throughout the transitional interval concerning summer time and slide, Khalid Alkaaby’s solo exhibit “The Route of Light”, fittingly investigates one more liminality – that of the shifting thoughts and 50 %-recollected reminiscences and photos we all truly feel but can seldom articulate. 

Alkaaby prefaces his exhibition with this phrase: “Finding oneself in the darkness is unsettling. Feelings of fear, loneliness and uncertainty. Nevertheless, even the smallest glimmer of gentle in the darkness can deliver comfort and ease and hope.”

Represented by his characteristic abstract will work featuring textural brushwork, muted tones, and dreamlike compositions of pure shade, Alkaaby explores the spectrum of emotion, from damaging thoughts of isolation to good ones of pleasure and hope. Making his abstractions as a result of an unconscious, nearly automated feeling reminiscent of the Surrealists of the 1910’s and 20’s, Alkaaby provides kind to these sensitivities, with a end result several people resonate deeply with when viewing for the first time. 

The uninhibited release of creation by means of paint permits Alkaaby to talk the liberty of expression that he experienced been trying to find. The boldness of the hues hook up with his passion for daily life and really like, which in flip results in a rhythmic tone all through the operate. Viewers can stick to the motion of a person point out of thoughts to the following with this assortment, culminating with epiphany over this emotional journey, and the toughness and optimism it offers in hunting towards the potential.

Khalid Alkaaby was born and elevated in Baghdad, Iraq, in which he was classically experienced at the Artwork Institute. The emphasis the college placed on watercolor scientific studies gave Alkaaby a company basis for his oil paintings, and he continued on to perform as an artist and ran a successful art studio for some time. Having said that, in 2005, Baghdad underwent enormous terrorist bombings and Alkaaby was forced to go away his relatives, buddies, and studio gallery. He immigrated to the United States and began a new everyday living in San Diego, California exactly where he now life and is effective as a professional artist. 

Given that relocating to the United States, Alkaaby has professional an immense feeling of openness in expression and creative imagination, compared with in Iraq wherever he knowledgeable the opposite, “an unbalanced force”, he notes. That inventive flexibility is mirrored in his work, in equally the approach and concluded product or service.

Alkaaby’s functions will be on check out at Sparks Gallery from August 13th to Oct 2nd, 2022.

We invite you to join us in the gallery on Saturday, August 13, 2022 from 6-9pm for the Opening Reception. RSVP by way of the button over.