Dates: (Opening at 7pm) 8th October – 22 November 2019
Location: Al Markhiya Gallery (Workshop 1), Fire Station
Salah Elmur’s work is composed from a fertile visual vocabulary that draws on his observations of life, returning to childhood and youth for the scenes, situations, and impressions that he depicts in his work. Heavy symbolism, a tendency towards vivid color combinations, and distortion of natural figures and proportions are some of the markers of Elmur’s paintings. His works take the observer to a different reality in which relationships change with the sense of nostalgia. This surrealistic swirl of memory results in tender, intimate vignettes of human relations.
Elmur studied Graphic Design at the College of Fine and Applied Art at Sudan University of Science and Technology in Khartoum. With a career spanning three decades, Elmur has participated in group and solo exhibitions in East Africa, the Middle East, Europe and North America; has published 12 children’s books; and directed six short documentaries and fantasy films which have been shown at international film festivals.
The “Fragrances of the Forest and Photos”-exbibit at the Sharjah Art Museum (UAE) in February 2018 was a retrospective of Elmur’s childhood memories of Sudan. More recently, in the fall of 2018, Elmur’s work was featured at the Saatchi Gallery in London in “Forests and Spirits: Figurative art from the Khartoum School” alongside two luminaries of Sudanese modernism, Kamala Ishaq and Ibrahim El Salahi. In May 2019, Elmur held a solo-exhibition “Studio Kamal” at the Circle Art Gallery in Nairobi.
Elmur’s works are collected widely and are included in the permanent collection of the Museum of African Contemporary Art Al Maaden (MACAAL) in Marrakech.