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Intense Abstract Compositions by Mohab Elghaffar

An abstract painting with deep red and brown tones on a light backgroundUntitled

Mohab Elghaffar is an artist from Alexandria, Egypt, who uses intense abstract compositions to formulate connections between contemporary art practices and the symbolic imagery associated with ancient Egyptian civilization.

A heavy red abstractionThe moment of creation (1), mixed media on board

Mohab’s recent works in mixed media have a solid impact on the viewer. These compositions seem to embrace contrast, even conflict, in their use of alternating strokes of deep, saturated color and pale neutral tones. These works often incorporate bits of mixed media, textured materials attached directly to the substrate that are then layered over with heavy paint.

A screen capture of Mohab Elghaffar's art websiteThe front page of Mohab's portfolio website


The artist is very present in these works, many of which remind me of David Maxim’s portfolio. At first glance, they appear to be painted in large, grand gestures without much care for fine details, but upon closer observation one finds numerous small moments of deliberately different texture, and the occasional figurative form that seems to fade in and out of visibility on the canvas.  

An abstracted portrait with green tonesUntitled

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Dallas Jeffs Art Writer

Dallas Jeffs is the Editor of Artist Run Website's blog. They hold a degree in Critical and Cultural Practices from Emily Carr University of Art and Design, as well as a certificate in Technical Writing from BCIT. Dallas has a passion for speaking and writing about art, and sharing that interest with others. In their studio practice they are an illustrator and budding tattoo artist, but they consider themselves a writer foremost. If you like art, books and culture with a science fiction twist, check out Dallas' personal blog, HappySpaceNoises or their art on Instagram.

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