MOHAMED KHALIL - Hamsa

    

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February 5, 2016
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MOHAMED KHALIL
HAMSA


Untitled, mixed media on wood, 12” x 12”

A popular and prolific artist, Egyptian-born Mohamed Khalil is back at the PCCC Art Galleries for his third exhibition.  His new show, entitled Hamsa, features over 40 mixed media works of art, each depicting the open right hand, an ancient image used in jewelry and wall hangings throughout the Middle East and North Africa as a sign of protection and to ward off the evil eye.  Historically, the hamsa has been interpreted by scholars as an Islamic, Jewish or Christian symbol.  It is hamsa, as a universal symbol, that was the inspiration for Khalil’s artwork in this exhibit.

 
At first glance, the works in the Hamsa series are alike in size, image and presentation, but each piece is unique and there is more to see.  Khalil expertly uses color, texture, pattern and a variety of materials to create his designs.  Hamsa features a large body of work that demonstrates the artist’s extraordinary creativity and his interest in various cultural themes.

 
Khalil studied graphic design, printmaking and art history at Alexandria University and the Egyptian Academy of Art in Rome.  His work has been widely shown throughout Europe, the Middle East, and at various venues in New Jersey.  He recently exhibited his Hamsa series at the United Nations in New York City.  Mohamed is currently Assistant Curator at the Paterson Museum.