About The Work
The Horse in Ben Andallah’s paintings doesn’t have any religious, mythological or social connotation, the artist focused on the beauty of the animal and not representing him as a rider. The Arabian thoroughbred was undoubtedly the breed most often represented: the short and fine head, the well- proportioned body, the long and powerful members and a raised port of the tail.
Jelal Ben Abdallah
Jelal Ben Abdallah (Tunisia, 1921 – 2017) was born in the picturesque Mediterranean town of Sidi Bou Saïd. Ben Abdallah studied in Tunis and his early illustrations appeared in the first Tunisian feminist periodical Leïla in the 1930s. He participated in the Salon Tunisien in 1942 and 1945, and established an atelier in Montparnasse in Paris in 1952. Associated with the École de Tunis, he adapts miniature painting to create finely detailed representations of quotidian life, idyllic women, surrealist imagery, horses, marine creatures, and ethereal seascapes. From 1950 he also received state commissions to make decorative ceramic tile panels for civic buildings. Ben Abdallah has exhibited in Tunis and abroad since 1939 and his contribution to Tunisian art was celebrated by a solo exhibition in 2010 at the Galerie Atrium in Carthage entitled ‘Femmes, je vous aime!’.
Founded in 2004 in Tunis by Essia Hamdi, the gallery presents works of internationally renowned artists, talented and proven.
Since its creation, its founder has continued to link projects and exhibitions, choosing to implement a two-fold policy.
One concerns modern Tunisian artists (such as those of the Tunis school: Ali Bellagha, AbdelaziziGorgi ... and international (like Pomar and Sosno).
The other part gives an opportunity for young contemporary artists to express themselves through different mediums ranging from photo to video and installations; Essia Hamdi entrusted them with this task in the form of 'Carte Blanche'.
The gallery's participation in prestigious art fairs not only allowed artists to be visible outside their home country, but also to the acquisition of some works from important museums, such as the Guggenheim's Abu Dhabi.