Palestinian Artist and art historian Kamal Boullata’s work, focuses primarily on Palestinian culture and identity, which through geometric abstractions, call to mind traditional Palestinian embroidery patterns. Employing Kufic script and colourful designs, Boullata’s silkscreen prints as well as his acrylic paintings, were largely inspired by his childhood, growing up in Jerusalem, where he was captivated by the geometric patterns and calligraphic engravings that surround the walls of the old city; hewould often find himself sitting near the Al Aqsa Mosque, studying and sketching the intricacy of its designs.
Further inspired by his teacher renowned painter Khalil Halabi, Boullata once recalled, “I keep reminding myself that Jerusalem is not behind me, it is constantly ahead of me.”The concept of exile and separation features regularly throughout Boullata’s work, in thedivision of shapes, particularly the square, that he reforms through layers and lines, creating three-dimensional prisms that alternatively refract and reflect colour and light. Interestingly, these dissected configurations integrate words and philosophies that subsequently call to mind one’s separation from identity, and homeland.
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