Discover the prints of Mohammed Omar Khalil, one of Sudan and the Arab world's most important artists working today. This exhibition reopens after closure during the Covid 19 lockdown. Khalil (b. 1936) is a painter, master printmaker and mentor. Homeland Under My Nails, curated by Abed Al Kadiri, is the first major UK solo exhibition of his work.
The exhibition opens with a series of self-portraits and early works. Khalil, now 83, has long experimented with self-portraits as a means of self-transformation. Early surviving works are displayed here alongside experimentations from the artist’s time studying at the Academy of Florence, showing the evolution of his style. Mohammad Omar Khalil’s work is significant to the Arab modernist movement and to the history of International Modernism. The second part of the exhibition explores this international sensibility.
Khalil trained in Sudan and Italy, and has lived and worked between New York (USA) and Asilah (Morocco) since the 1970s. Moving to New York he quickly began incorporating pop culture into his work—stamps, music and film. The Harlem Portfolio brings together the life and spirit of the New York neighbourhood in a large series of prints 5 metres in length. Finally the exhibiton explores the artist's connection to music, along with a film of Khalil at work in his studio in New York.
This exhibition is a long overdue celebration of his life’s work. No need to book, see website to plan your visit.