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Collection: issamahmedabdelhafiez.thekhartoumschool
Description: Ibrahim El-Salahi (1930-) was born in Omdurman, across the Nile from Khartoum. He is a painter, former public servant and diplomat. He studied at the School of Design, Gordon Memorial College, Khartoum, and later at the Slade School of Fine Art in London. His interest in communicating with his local community led him to see African motifs, Arabic calligraphy and Islamic ornamental patterns as symbols of Sudanese cultural heritage that should be reflected in his works. This concept made El-Salahi one of the founders of the Khartoum School art movement. In 1976 he left Sudan to Qatar, and later moved to the United Kingdom where he is lives now. El-Salahi was the Many of El-Salahi’s works are included among the collections of international museums and galleries. His exhibition in 2013 was the London Tate Modern gallery's first retrospective exhibition of a contemporary artist from Africa.
Collection: issamahmedabdelhafiez.thekhartoumschool
Description: Ahmad Mohammad Shibrain (1931-2017) was born in Berber, in the north of Sudan. He studied at the College of Fine and Applied Arts in Khartoum (previously the School of Design, Gordon Memorial College), and the Central School of Arts and Design in London. He was a prominent graphic designer in Sudan, part of the Arabic Hurufiyya movement and the leading figure of the Khartoum School movement to introduce Arabic calligraphy to painting. After his return to Sudan in 1960, he established a department for Graphic Design at the College of Fine and Applied Arts in Khartoum, and in 1975 he became the college dean. In 1996 he founded Shibrain Art Centre in Khartoum. Ahmad Mohammad Shibrain died in 2017.
Collection: issamahmedabdelhafiez.thekhartoumschool
Description: Osman Wagialla (1925-2007) graduated from the School of Design, Gordon Memorial College, Khartoum, in 1945. He then studied at the Camberwell School of Arts and Crafts in London, UK, and after this studied calligraphy in Cairo under the master Sayyid Muhammed Ibrahim. After completing his studies, Wagialla moved back to Sudan in the early 1950s, where he taught at the College of Fine and Applied Art of the Sudan University of Science and Technology. Wagialla is one of the founders of the Arabic Hurufiyya and the Khartoum School art movements. Many of his students in Sudan, such as Shibrain, El-Salahi and Taj el-Sir Ahmed, joined him in the task of creating a new Sudanese modernist art movement. Rather than letters, Wagialla relied in his works on texts (Quranic and poetic), seeing that form and content are inseparable parts of Arabic writing, and defining Arabic calligraphy as the art of ‘fourth dimension’. His works are included among the collections of many international institutions of art. Wagialla died in 2007.
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