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Jeffar Khaldi EXHIBITED AT THE SAATCHI GALLERY

Disgusted
Jeffar Khaldi
Disgusted

2008

Oil on canvas

240 x 220 cm
Frozen
Jeffar Khaldi
Frozen

2007

Oil on canvas

230 x 260 cm
Khaldi doesn’t consider himself to be a political artist; the themes in his work evolve from his own experiences and ideas and thus provide the most powerful material for making art. In his canvases, harsh realities become mixed with imagined scenes, confusing fact and fiction with a sense of nostalgia or dreams. His tableaux are equally beautiful and uncertain. In Frozen, a man is rendered midfall, his position beatific and Christ-like. In the distance encampments of tents line the landscape, reminiscent of Palestine’s occupation.
The Infinite and Beyond
Jeffar Khaldi
The Infinite and Beyond

2008

Oil on canvas

220 x 200 cm
Khaldi’s paintings convey theatricality in their portrayed subject matter and in their physical construction. Alongside modern influences such as the German Expressionists, Khaldi cites Persian miniatures as an interest in developing his work. His large-scale canvases evoke similarity to this ancient tradition in their geometrically balanced compositions, overwhelming detail, and flattened sense of space. In The Infinite And Beyond the image becomes almost secondary to the spectacle of its making. The landscape is rendered with luscious mimetic sensibility: water created from thin liquidy washes, sky rendered with breezy-smoggy strokes, earth with dirty fields, and trees as shady patterns cut through with spindly twig-like gestures. The wall and building in the distance seem conspicuously solid in relation to their organic surroundings. The figure in the foreground is an almost ghostly apparition, his facial features duplicated, and arms heavily outlined in white suggest movement.
Sushi Dreams
Jeffar Khaldi
Sushi Dreams

2008

Oil on canvas

220 x 200 cm

Jeffar Khaldi's BIOGRAPHY

Jeffar Khaldi
Born in 1964, Lebanon
Lives and works in Dubai, UAE



SOLO EXHIBITIONS


2010
Remove the Invisible Blindfold’, solo exhibition, Gallery Isabelle van den Eynde, Dubai, UAE

2008
With You Without Ever Seeing You,John Martin of London, London, UK
Disco Desert, Thierry Goldberg Project, NY, USA
Wish You Were Here, B21 Gallery, Dubai, UAE

2007
Paintings and drawings, B21 Gallery, Dubai, UAE

2006
Evocative Force, B21 Gallery, Dubai, UAE


GROUP EXHIBITIONS


2010
Residua, Maraya Art Centre, Barjeel Art Foundation, Sharjah

2009
Told / Untold / Retold: 23 Stories of Journeys Through Time and Place, group exhibition,
Mathaf, Doha, Qatar
Unveiled: New Art from the Middle-East, Saatchi Gallery, London, UK

2007
Espejismos (Mirages), Contemporary Art from Middle East and North Africa, Museo San Pedro de Arte Mexico;
Best of Discoveries, Shanghai Contemporary Art Fair, China;
Cultivating the Desert, Wunderbox, Netherlands.

1997
The Sharjah Biennial, Sharjah, UAE