About The Work
Mohamed Ahmed Ibrahim’s most recent paintings are populated by the same figures and hieroglyphs seen in his large-scale murals. Abstract, anthropomorphic, humorous, animated, and a little mischievous, these figures inhabit every surface and every shape. Ibrahim’s practice is inspired by his deep connection to the natural environment of Khor Fakkan, a rambling coastal town on the Gulf of Oman, enclosed on one side by the rocky Hajar Mountains and the other by the sea. His vibrant palette serves to emphasize the elementary colours found in this natural environment, by expressing them in highly saturated tones.
Mohamed Ahmed Ibrahim
Mohamed Ahmed Ibrahim (b. 1962, UAE) is part of the UAE's first generation of contemporary artists from the 1990s and 2000s, an avant-garde that included Hassan Sharif, Abdullah Al Saadi, Hussein Sharif, and Mohammed Kazem. Mohamed Ahmed Ibrahim came of age as an artist in the UAE in an era in which the visual arts were not yet valued culturally or taught in university degree programs. In 1986 when he met the late artist Hassan Sharif and became a founding member of the Emirates Fine Art Society, Ibrahim was pulled out of a secluded practice and carved out unshakable friendships and collaborations that have formed the foundation for the creative community that defines the UAE today.
Ibrahim's recent solo exhibitions include The Space between the Eyelid and the Eyeball, Lawrie Shabibi, Dubai (2019); Mohamed Ahmed Ibrahim, Solo Show (2018), Primordial II, (2016), Turab (2015) and Primordial (2013) all at Cuadro, Dubai. In March 2018 Elements, a survey of works spanning three decades of his practice was presented at the Sharjah Art Foundation, curated by Sheikha Hoor Al Qasimi.
Lawrie Shabibi is a contemporary art gallery housed in Dubai's Alserkal Avenue. The gallery supports the long-term development of the careers of young international contemporary artists with a focus on those from the Middle East and North Africa. The gallery also organizes art historical exhibitions working with an older generation of artists from the region. Liaising with curators, institutions, museums and collectors the gallery has successfully introduced international artists to the region whilst at the same time presented Middle Eastern artists to the international contemporary arts community. By holding a regular programme of exhibitions, screenings and talks, publishing catalogues and participating in international art fairs, Lawrie Shabibi has since 2011, been a forerunner in the development of the contemporary art scene in Dubai.