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Ibrahim El Tanbouli and Nazir Tanbouli

Friday 6 April 6 – 10 pm and Saturday 7 April 12 - 6


itBorn in Alexandria, Egypt, October 1954, Ibrahim El Tanbouli is a prolific painter and sculptor, exhibiting nationally and internationally since 1973. He has exhibited his work in Egypt, Germany, Jordan, Italy, Denmark and Tunisia. His paintings are held in many public and private collections such as Cairo Modern Art Museum, Royal Museum of Jordan in Amman, and the National Museum of Tunisia.

Ibrahim El Tanbouli is a man with a great influence on me. He is my uncle, the first artist I ever met, the first to show me art galleries and he is the one who got me started on painting since the age of 2 years old. He didn't teach me anything at all, he just told me three golden rules:

- do what you want on the surface

- don't worry how it is going to turn out

- and don't worry about what people are going to think of it

These are three rules which I have religiously followed , and I will be forever grateful to Ibrahim for their effect on my art and my life.

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He himself followed the same rules he preached. And that's why his work is not like that of any other of his peers. Ibrahim's paintings are beyond time, beyond place; his figures are idle and melancholic yet they relate deeply to each other and they belong to their own place, frozen in time since I first laid an eye upon them, forever defiant in the face of the rapid change of our daily life.

 

 

From the 1st to the 5th of April 2012 Ibrahim El Tanbouli will be resident at Studio75 ; together he and I will recreate the same creative internment that we used to have back in the days of his early career and my early childhood, for the great influence it had on the two of us.

We would love to share the result with you on Fri 6th and Sat 7th at Studio 75; come for a drink and a cigarette. Bring friends.

- Nazir Tanbouli- Studio75

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