Selected works by Jeffar Khaldi

Jeffar Khaldi
Disgusted

2008

Oil on canvas

240 x 220 cm
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.

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.

Jeffar Khaldi
Sushi Dreams

2008

Oil on canvas

220 x 200 cm

Other Resources

artnet.com
Various images and additional information – Jeffar Khaldi

b21gallery.com
Representing gallery, selected images, press releases and information of upcoming exhibitions

thierrygoldberg.com
Representing gallery, selected images, press releases and information of upcoming exhibitions

uk.reuters.com
Tents, flags and boats are images all too familiar to Palestinian refugees.
As Israel celebrates the 60th anniversary of its birth, Palestinian artist Jeffar Khaldi emphasizes those emblems in his "Wish You Were Here" exhibition as a reminder of his people's "Nakba" or "catastrophe" of displacement.

spiegel.de
Another gallery in Dubai, B21, based in a warehouse in the city’s industrial center, was founded by the painter Jeffar Khaldi in 2005. The gallery focuses on artists from the Middle East, mostly from Iran and Lebanon. Palestinian by birth, Khaldi studied at the University of Texas and has lived in Austin and Dallas. But he’s been in and around Dubai for the past decade and has seen the art scene begin to change. “Over the last three or four years, young artists in Dubai have become slightly more daring,” he says. “Things they would have been less willing to express in a conservative culture are starting to find legitimacy. This is good - otherwise coming to a fair here would not be taken seriously.”

business24-7.ae
Dubai-based painter Jeffar Khaldi's new exhibition in the emirate, aptly titled Wish You Were Here, features works that tell tales of isolation and longing that are evocative of the Lebanese artist's personal experiences and East-meets-West cultural background.
The exhibition opens at B21 Gallery on Tuesday.
Khaldi's work, which has been purchased by prominent collectors such as the JPMorgan Chase collection, is both confronting and compassionate, presenting a striking and perfect blend of personal mythology, intuition and nostalgia.