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ADEL KHALAF
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k1

Clowns in the Sky
Mixed Media on Paper
100x70cm; 2012

k2

Cycling1
Acrylic on Canvas
30x40cm; 2013

k3

Soperman
Acrylic on paper
45x35cm; 2011

k4

Play2
Acrylic on Canvas
60x60cm; 2014



ARTIST STATEMENT

 

Absurdity is the mask of pain

Because as humans our frailty prevents us from revealing our weakness, sadness or pain, we hide behind humour, laughter and playfulness. Despite ourselves, we use this absurdity to confront tragedy. This art collection exposes the unique masks of deception our characters wear innately, using subtle absurdities to hint at this subversion. The portraits and ensemble sketches contain all the core elements of artificial playfulness, but then expose this veneer to reveal the pain beneath. Charcoal, pencil and acrylic creations deliberately impose a dark, bleak vision on the work, directly contrasted by the incongruous humour in each piece.

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