Corrida De Toros was painted in 2017. This work is unique, it has an expressionism, surrealistic, and contemporary art style. The painting is 120 cm (47 inch) by 100 cm (40 inch) canvas painted in acrylic. Corrida De Toros represents the brutality and darkness that the human being is capable of. It consists of two main elements; the bull and the matador (in his blue suit) within the arena. There is a strong battle going on between them, both are struggling to survive. The red shapes symbolize the bull’s wounds and blood from the matador’s spears and lances, and also the matador’s red cape. You will find that I chose the background to be green, which is where the bull is actually supposed to be put out in the fields to pasture peacefully, and not fighting in the arena. This represents my objection of brutality against animals, and also against humans such as slaves, people in war zones and all the injustice in the world. I perceive the bull to be the victor, although he usually loses and die in the arena. I actually wanted to call this painting “The Victory of the Defeated” instead of “Corrida De Toros”. I believe that at the end of the day, at some point, people will see how bad these bullfights and all other injustices are and will stop them. Because in life good always wins over evil.
In the year 2000, I was greatly affected by the birth of my daughter Amal, who was diagnosed with one of the most difficult and rarest diseases, Epidermolysis Bullosa (EB), from the first day she was born. The doctors told us she wouldn’t make it. It’s a rare chronic disease, that has no cure, where the skin is as weak and fragile as a butterfly’s wing. Blisters and open wounds are formed by the slightest touch. She is in constant pain as you can imagine. Although I have never studied art, or had drawn or painted before, on the night of her first birthday, my art was born due to the enormous emotional and mental turmoil my wife, my kids and I went through dealing with this disease. I would say, my style reflects this struggle and expresses feelings and emotions that seem impossible to explain in words.
My art has its own style which is the intersecting black lines representing life to me. Life (the black lines) can be confusing, puzzling and random sometimes, but within that confusion and chaos you can always find meaning, beauty and peace. I paint in bright colours to convey happiness and a vibrant energy. I use abstract shapes and figures. It is also expected from the viewer to connect with the painting and make sense of it in his own personal way, and the interpretations can vary widely. You can also try turning the painting around to the other sides and you can see other shapes.
Acrylic on cotton canvas