Mohammed Omar Khalil

Burri, Sudan | 1936

A painter and printmaker, Mohammed Omar Khalil is known for his collaged canvases overlaid and merged with vigorous strokes of paint. Characteristic of his work is his expressive technique, reminiscent of and seemingly inspired by the work of Pop Art pioneers such as Jasper Johns and Robert Rauschenberg. Yet Omar Khalil draws on elements of Middle Eastern and Islamic culture to create these dynamic collages that are inherent of the same radical energy as that of his western predecessors. Layer upon layer of imagery, cut and torn from magazines and newspapers, are intentionally positioned to create narratives that speak of urban sprawl, political tensions and multifaceted, colourful worlds.

1986

Baby Blue

91 x 120.5 cm | Etching, softbound, chine colle, aquatint
1995

Petra VI

91 x 120.5 cm | Etching, softground, chine colle, aquatint
2015

Suakin II (1)

118 cm (d) | Mixed media on wood
2015

Suakin II (2)

118 cm (d) | Mixed media on wood

Mohammad Omer Khalil has been living and working in New York City since 1967. He studied at the School of Fine and Applied Art in Khartoum, Sudan. He graduated in Fresco Painting and Mosaics from the Academy of Fine Arts in Florence in 1966.

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