About The Work
For the artist, woodcutting is often a starting point for new research, for new works.
Combining several materials and several techniques, Bellagha engages in a wide variety of works using metal, stone, glass and plaster (used in this work). However, attention must be drawn to the strength of the plaster bas-reliefs in volume. In this work the colours applied in large strokes and warm colours often only sketch the shapes and create harmony.
Born in Tunis in 1924 and died on May 2006 in Tunis, Bellagha is a draftsman, painter and engraver. He is a member of the artistic movement of the School of Tunis. Coming from an old family of artisans in the medina of Tunis, he left for Paris and then, he studied at the Institute of Higher Studies of Fine Arts of Tunis.
In 1953, he organized his first solo exhibition before exhibiting regularly in Tunis and abroad. From 1956, he taught drawing at Sadiki College for four years. In the 1960s, with his wife Jacqueline Guilbert, he opened a gallery of art, antiques and creations, "Les Métiers", located in the center of Tunis.
He has a modernist approach to the development of art professions. In an effort to revalue the Arab-Muslim heritage, he gives it modern accents, including the use of wood that he works to create compositions of still lifes.
In 2003, he received the national prize for the visual arts.
In 2006, he is the guest of honor at the Handicrafts Fair in Tunis.
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.